ANNVILLE PA – The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery (at top), which was closed a year ago for structural repairs, was re-opened Monday (Oct. 2, 2023), the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs reported.
Regular visiting hours are being held daily from dawn to dusk at the site, 60 Indiantown Gap Rd., Annville PA, it added.
The memorial, dedicated in 2001, is recognized as the largest veterans’ memorial located in any national cemetery. The structure is made of concrete, granite, and stone, and was in generally good condition. However, it “needed repairs and alterations to address areas of damage due to long-term exposure to the elements,” according to the department.
Repairs included re-anchoring plaques, resetting existing pre-cast concrete, waterproofing walls, replacing flashing, and upgrading drainage. Flagpoles and lighting have been added as new features to honor all services and traditions, it said.
“We are thrilled to re-open (the memorial) to the public in time for Veterans Day,” Pennsylvania adjutant general Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler said. “I encourage everyone to visit this iconic structure, remember those who are part of our history, and those who are presently serving.”
Donations for the memorial’s future preservation and maintenance are accepted online, or by check payable to the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” and mailed to DMVA Office for Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 9-26, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville PA 17003-5002. Donations can be made “in honor of,” “in memory of” or “on behalf of” individuals or groups.
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