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Purple Heart Monument Dedicated in Freeland

Community donations helped pay for the Purple Heart monument in Freeland.
Freeland, Luzerne County- Patriotic sounds rang out Sunday in Freeland, as the new Purple Heart Monument was unveiled. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts teamed up to dedicate the memorial. It now stands at Freeland Public Park on Front Street.  Commander Jerry Gaffney of American Legion Post 473 of Freeland is the veteran who came up with the idea. He says it's mainly to honor troops who never made it home.

 "I always thought of the purple heart recipients because of what they did for our country, and it's very touching." said Gaffney.

"A lot of the the people who earned the purple heart are deceased. So when you look at it you gotta remember about the people that gave all for this country." added Commander Bill DeFrancesco, of VFW Post 5010 in Freeland

 Community donations helped pay for the Purple Heart monument in Freeland.  Host of Eyewitness News Veterans Views and Lackawanna County President Judge Tom Munley took part in the ceremony in Luzerne County.
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