The public is invited to attend Monday morning’s grand opening of the new Harrisburg Town Veterans Park.
Scheduled to start at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day, the ceremony will feature a welcome address from Mayor Steve Sciascia, and the singing of the National Anthem by DeAndra Easter, Miss Durham 2019. Harvest Harrisburg Church Senior Pastor Michael Thevenin will lead the invocation, and the Jay M. Robinson JROTC Color Guard will present the colors.
Purple Heart recipient, Vietnam veteran and Harrisburg resident Michael Stubbs will oversee the presentation of flags, while Vance and Mary Jo Patterson will dedicate the Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Work began Memorial Day weekend on the $540,000 park, located on the southeast corner of Route 49 and Harrisburg Veterans Road, in the Harris Square Shopping Center.
Dedicated to all members of the military, the 1.1-acre park features flags, memorial plaques, benches and a three-spray fountain.
“I think this Veterans Park, like all veterans parks, represents a small token of gratitude to our military, veterans and their families,” Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Director Daniel Stines said. “I think it is the least we can do to show our appreciation for the sacrifices that have paved the way for our freedoms.”