TANNERSVILLE, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Veterans in the Poconos need your help honoring other veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. They want to identify every Monroe County resident killed during two specific wars.
Time is ticking to clean up the Tannersville War Memorial along Route 611. Members of American Legion Post 903 are replacing ropes and fixing loose brick.
“And just basically getting everything ready before the winter,” says Tom Bowditch, Commander, American Legion Post 903.
A veteran himself, Bill Hamilton says this prep work is vital to do. “Because if we don’t, the whole thing would just end up looking horrible,” says Bill Hamilton, Second Vice Commander, American Legion Post 903.
They’re also hoping to add two plaques to represent Monroe County residents who died during the Cold War from 1947 to 1991, and the War on Terror which is ongoing.
“So everybody from Monroe County is honored who died fighting for this country,” Bowditch explains.
American Legion Post 903 does not have a home base. Members operate from a cramped van. So, they say donations and community support is very important.
They started fixing the war memorial in 2014. From general maintenance to special projects, it has cost more than $20,000 dollars so far.
“The plaques alone are anywhere between $1,500 to $3,000 dollars,” Bowditch adds.
So far members have identified one Monroe County resident who died in the Cold War, and four that have died in the War on Terror. But, members say they have a long way to go.