About the Gardens

Memorial Gardens

The Memorial Gardens at Veterans Park is a beautiful place for a quiet, casual afternoon, remembering and honoring family members and friends who served our country in the uniforms of our military services.

The family park facilities are located at 1955 Elmerton Avenue, across from the Pennsylvania State Police building. Amenities at the park include ball fields and courts, playground equipment, a pavilion with picnic tables and a working kitchen, and restroom facilities.

In 2005, the Susquehanna Township High School Alumni Association made a commitment to honor all veterans who attended STHS or were a resident of the township during their tour of active military duty. The Susquehanna Township Board of Commissioners donated an acre of ground at Veterans Park for the Memorial Gardens.

World War II

The World War II memorial was dedicated May 28, 2007. STHS alumna Caroline Parsons drew the initial sketch for the memorial, which consists of a gray obelisk with black granite panels, reflecting over 850 names of men and women who served our country during the campaign. Brick pavers, available for engraving, lie in front of the memorial.

The committee consisted of Roy Knupp, Chairman, Bob Chapman, Melvin Longenecker, Treasurer, Joel Parson, Homer Pontius, Arlene Prentice, Albert Richwine, and Shirley Kannegieser.

Korean War

A black granite obelisk with a walkway connecting it to the WWII memorial honors our veterans of the Korean War. Dedicated May 31, 2009, the memorial contains over 150 names of men and women who served our country during this campaign.

The committee consisted of Dr. Tom Peck, Co-Chair; Shirley Kannegieser, Co-Chair; Robert Chapman; James Hartman; Clair Hetzel; Bill Reynolds; and Melvin Longenecker, Treasurer.

Vietnam War

The Vietnam War memorial was dedicated November 4, 2017. Sketches by Stephen Morris, a 2014 graduate of STHS, inspired the etchings for the memorial. The white granite obelisk contains the names of over 250 of our veterans.

The committee consists of Richard Fleegal, Carol Carter, Larry Carter, Bill Dale, Dave Funk, Barry Garber, Shirley Kannegieser, Ben Lerew, Charles Lloyd, Gary Lyter, Bill Smith, Harry Stoner, and Richard Veet.

A Call to Action

A walkway to connect the Vietnam War memorial to the WWII and Korean War memorials, plus shrubbery, still needs to be funded. If every household in the township would donate just $1.00, these remaining items for the Vietnam War memorial could be completed.

Contributions may be made by check payable to the STHS Alumni Association (“Vietnam Memorial” on the memo line) and mailed to:

STHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 61474, Harrisburg, PA 17106-1474

 

The Alumni Association is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and contributions toward this goal are tax-deductible.