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May 9, 2014

Danville might get Naval monument

DANVILLE — A monument honoring those who served at sea with the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard is proposed for River Front Park.

Montour County Commissioners Trevor Finn, Jack Gerst and Jerry Ward sent a letter, dated April 30, to Danville Borough Council stating several attempts have been made through the years to establish a naval memorial to honor seaborne forces from the county.

Efforts are being renewed by Montour County veterans associations and others. As part of this proposal, the letter was submitted as a formal request for permission to use land at the park for a permanent memorial.

The Susquehanna River setting is a fitting place for such a tribute, according to the letter. The memorial would be incorporated with the annual Memorial Day service where those lost at sea are remembered, the letter stated.

Council members believe the commissioners have in mind an area by the flag pole for the memorial.

Borough Public Works Director John Hack said that area is part of the flood protection system and permission from the state Department of Environmental Protection would be required.

Councilman Bill Hause said former councilman Collins Stump worked for many years on a project to install an anchor by the flag pole in the park.

With council members not knowing exactly where the commissioners propose to install the monument or what the memorial will look like, council president Scott Richardson referred the matter to the borough’s parks and recreation committee.

“We need to know where they are talking about, what it is and to answer the flood protection question,” he said.

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