To coincide with the observance of Veterans Day, a rededication of the Honey Brook Township Veterans' Honor Roll was held on Nov. 9 at the Township Administration Building. The document, which was originally dedicated on Nov. 11, 2012, lists the name of local veterans, their branch of service and the years that they served.
Honey Brook Township supervisor John McHugh initiated the Honor Roll to recognize the residents of the township who have served their country in the United States Armed Forces. The Honor Roll, on display in the township meeting room and on the township's website, is rededicated each November.
McHugh welcomed those in attendance, which included local residents and officials. Members of Honey Brook Troop 9 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe Fenstermacher, vice chairman of the board of supervisors, recited "A Veteran's Prayer."
McHugh said the Honor Roll began with names provided by Tim Herr, chaplain at the Tel Hai Retirement Community, who was on hand at this year's rededication. "Our list is growing tremendously," McHugh said, inviting township residents to submit names for the Honor Roll. "If you see names of some veterans who have not been recognized, forward the names to the township and we will keep that up to date. It is also important to recognize those who are currently serving," he added.
Among the guests in attendance were Army veteran Bill Dondero, district representative for Veterans Affairs for Congressman Patrick Meehan, who noted that the congressman was unable to attend the ceremony. Dondero reminded township residents that he is avialable at the township building on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for veterans and other residents in need of assistance.
Special guest Sen. John Rafferty wished the group a "Happy Veterans Day" and "Happy Birthday" to Marine Corps members in honor of the military branch's 229th anniversary. "The title I am most proud of is Senate representative to the Southeastern Veterans Center," he told those in attendance.
Rafferty also offered remarks about the importance of the Veterans Day observance, noting that the focus on military members should not be brushed aside for commercial reasons. "(Sales and discounts) is not what Veterans Day is about," he said. "It is a very special day to thank the men and women who have given of themselves to make sure that we have our rights and privileges and liberties here in the United States as our forefathers envisioned."
He concluded his talk by quoting President Ronald Regan, who discussed veterans who had given the ultimate sacrifice by stating, "They gave up two lives - not only the life they were leading at the time, but the life they could have lived."
Another speaker was Frank Fredella of American Legion Post 422. "Honey Brook has a rich history of supporting the United States of America and the military," he said. "For those who served, it was an honor to serve. For those who are still serving, they need our prayers and support."
The Honey Brook Township Administration Building is located at 500 Suplee Road, Honey Brook. To view the Honey Brook Township Veterans' Honor Roll, individuals may visit http://www.honeybrooktwp.com/service-to-our-country/veteran-recognition. Those who would like to make additions to the Honor Roll are asked to contact the township administration office at 610-273-3970 or email@example.com.