SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Men and women that have died fighting for freedom are being honored by a new veterans monument installed in Scranton.
The monument was delivered Monday morning and the installation process started shortly afterwards. A crane near Scranton High School will be lifting 21 granite pieces over the next four days to complete a veterans wall monument.
It’s being placed at the Scranton Veterans Memorial Park.
Korean War veteran Mario Tomarelli came out to see the installation process. His brother, an army solider who died in WWII at the age of 18, will have his name engraved on the monument.
“Because what the heck. He’s still my brother,” said Tomarelli. “They keep telling me come on down, come on down, I’ll be there.”
The monument will feature the names of 962 Scranton soldiers who died in battle, only seven are women. It will stand nearly 7-feet-tall and 33-feet-long.
“A lot of monuments are tucked away in parks or tucked away at pool complexes. This is right out in the open, people can drive by on a daily basis and see it,” said James Kuchwara, Post Commander of Theodore J. Wint VFW Post 25 and Vietnam War veteran.
Once assembled it will complete the park which was built three years ago. The planning for it all started in 2015, including all the names.
“We checked all the newspaper articles whatever, we had families sending us names in. So, we’re pretty sure we got everybody on here,” said Patrick Ahern, a Vietnam veteran.
The wall was paid for by state, local and private dollars. It’s expected to be completed by the end of the week. A ceremony will be held on Saturday July 25 at 11 a.m., to honor the men and women on the monument.