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From left: Ed Fortuna, Francis DeAngelo, George Kofira, Thomas Bracey Sr., Thomas Bracey and Ronald Breithaupt. PHOTO SHANNON C. KEITH

It’s been a few years in the making, but work to finish the Taylor Veterans Memorial is expected to be complete by Memorial Day 2014 and volunteers want members of the community to get involved now, while there’s still time to honor a loved one who served in the military.

“It’s very important to have a memorial for men and women who have fought in our world wars and all our veterans,” said Thomas S. Bracey, a retired Air Force veteran. “This memorial will be for all veterans from Taylor who served our country.”

Committee president Frank DeAngelo explained that the memorial was relocated from its original location directly in front of the Taylor Community Center to an area off to the side of the building along Main Street in order to provide more space for the design.

“It was just cramped over where it was,” he said. “We thought the new location would be better.”

Funding for the project has been secured via grants and donations.

According to DeAngelo, the borough has been helpful in the grant writing process and has proved manpower from the Department of Public Works to see the memorial come to fruition.

“Now, we’re at the point where we are selling the bricks and are getting ready to have the project complete by the next Memorial Day holiday,” he said.

For a $100 donation, a veteran who was a former borough resident, was born in the borough, lived in the borough, or who is currently residing in the borough, can be memorialized on the brick. Those bricks will align the outside edge of the memorial’s base.

According to DeAngelo, the project will also include a star constructed by students at Johnson College, flags for each branch of the service and special, low-cost LED lighting that will replicated an eternal flame inside the center of the memorial’s base.

He attributes the project’s successful resurgence to the committee that includes John Tigue, Teddy Praschak, Gene King, Chuck McKeel, Ed Fortuna, Ronald Breithaupt, Thomas Bracey, George Kofira and Jonathan Loiselle.

For more information on ordering a memorial brick, contact the borough at 570-562-1400.