Wings of Peace Memorial Dedication
Sunday May 26, 2019 by 2d Lt David Harrison
The next time you are headed to Pittsburgh-Butler Regional Airport, take a moment to notice the Veteran's Memorial located at the intersection of Airport Road and Three Degree Road, just before the entrance to the airport. The Wings of Peace Memorial Park, updated in October 2018, features the Eagle Monument encircled by Stone Monuments topped with Bronze Plaques honoring veterans of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces. The Penn Township Veterans Association has been working to add onto the original Monument, which consisted of the stone obelisk topped with a silver eagle, to make the Veteran connection more obvious to people passing by.
On Sunday, 26 May 2019, at the annual Memorial Day Weekend ceremony, the newly updated Memorial was dedicated at a ceremony attended by veterans from all branches of Service, currently serving military members, local government officials, and Civil Air Patrol's Pennsylvania Wing Vice Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin J. Berry. Squadron 712 was honored to present and guard the Colors for this important ceremony, and many squadron members were present for the occasion.
I want to extend a special word of appreciation to all members of Squadron 712 who served this weekend. As we take this time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those men and women who have laid down their lives in defense of this nation and its citizenry, we also remember and honor the sacrifices made by ALL the men and women who answered our nation's call to service. Thank you for your service!