Monday, August 26, 2013

Small Town USA -Dawson/Lower Tyrone, PA Honors Cold War Veterans

The Dawson/Lower Tyrone Honor Roll Committee has been waiting almost three years to make this 
 The new monument honoring veterans of the Korean, Vietnam and Cold war eras is in place and will
 be dedicated at 11 a.m. Aug. 31. The monument is covered and will be unveiled at a ceremony to include the 
Fayette Vietnam Veteran's Honor Guard, Rolling Thunder, a community chorus and guest speakers.

The keynote address will be given by Maj. Gen. Robert French, a career serviceman, a veteran on the 
Honor Roll  and a Dawson, R.D. 1 native, who has had a long and distinguished career beginning with the
 Vietnam  conflict and remains active in military affairs today.

The Honor Roll Committee is still raising funds to complete the monument project. A ticket is 
being sold which has a jackpot and a bonus winner. The winner will be from the 7 p.m. 
drawing on Aug. 31. 
The tickets are available for $2 each and are available from any committee member. 
Dedication program booklets are also being printed and will be available at the dedication. 
The books will sell for approximately 
$8 and contain the agenda, pictures, history of the project, memorials, listing of contributors and
ads from many local businesses.

The committee wishes to thank the many folks who have assisted in bringing this project to fruition.
This has been and is, a totally community based project. But the heroes of the effort have names
that are emblazoned in bronze on a beautiful monument that will be uncovered on Aug. 31.
This is your community's way of saying in some small way, “Thank you for your service
and sacrifice!
 May God bless!” The public is invited to join in the festivities.
I have to say that this is an outstanding achievement for a small borough in southwestern 
Pennsylvania. In the 2000 census Dawson consisted
of 451 people, 183 households and 120 families in .2 square miles. Lower Tyrone Township has an 
area of 16.1 square miles with population of 1,171 people.

Once again, a small borough/township have stepped up to honor Cold War Veterans, which is more
than can be said for national recognition for the Cold Warriors who contained communism and kept the 
world free.

 Please contact your elected officials in Washington, DC ask them why Cold War Veterans
continue to be ignored and dismissed. 

If small towns, cities, counties and even some states can stand tall and remember those who served
why is it so hard for our country as a whole to say Thank You.

---- Jerald Terwilliger Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans "We Remember" ---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996