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Credit union gives $25,000 for 9/11 park

April 03, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Patriot Federal Credit Union presented a $25,000 check Monday for the Sept. 11, 2001, memorial fund for Franklin County (Pa.) Veterans’ Memorial Park.

The park being planned adjacent to Letterkenny Chapel will honor all veterans, but the centerpiece will be steel beams from the rubble at Ground Zero in New York City. That site was one of three terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Patriot Federal Credit Union will sponsor the American flag at the memorial park.

“This donation gives us tremendous momentum for helping people understand the reason why we’re seeking to do what we’re doing with this project,” the Rev. Bill Harter said.

The new memorial park off Carbaugh Avenue will be dedicated May 19.

“We are very pleased and, indeed, honored to provide this gift, symbolizing our love of country and community,” said Peggy J. Bosma-LaMascus, chief executive officer of Patriot Federal Credit Union.

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During a ceremony at the Wayne Avenue branch, Bosma-LaMascus honored Chief Administrative Officer Mike Kenzie. He served with theU.S. ArmyRangers in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2004 to 2007.

Kenzie said he learned of the new park a few weeks ago.

“It just really symbolizes what the country is about — the freedom and the sacrifices that are made,” he said.

Nine flags remain available for sponsorship. Other items that can be sponsored include benches, trees and pavers starting at $100 each.

The overall project cost will be more than $200,000, Harter said.

Because Letterkenny Chapel was built in 1945 by war prisoners, Harter said the memorial links the past and present. He referenced memories and “the power they give us for living for the future.”

Paul Cullinane from Downtown Chambersburg Inc. told those gathered about the Ground Zero artifacts that will be arranged in a sculpture.

“It’s incredible to go up and touch it. It gives you a strange sensation,” he said.

For more information about the project, contact Ed Zimmerman at 717-267-1481 or send an email to edz1@embarqmail.com.

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