BEAVERTOWN — Paying tribute to war veterans has long been a tradition in Beavertown.

“I used to decorate the graves when I was a child. I just think it’s important to honor veterans,” remembers Pat Saylor, president of the Beavertown War Memorial and Rose Garden Association.

On Memorial Day, the association will celebrate its 60th anniversary by unveiling a granite monument inscribed with more than 150 names of the war veterans buried in the Beavertown Memorial Cemetery.

The rose garden has preserved the first stone plaque that was dedicated to veterans on Sept. 11, 1948, which started the memorial garden. The plaque remains at the memorial site as a reminder of a longtime town tradition.

“A couple years ago, we decided it would be nice to have a monument with all the veterans that have died and are buried at the Beavertown Cemetery,” Saylor said. The names on the memorial span from the Civil War to today’s war in Iraq. The monument was made possible by an $18,000 grant secured by Sen. John Gordner, of Berwick.

Donations from the community will provide the upkeep and maintenance for the rose garden and monument.

The monument will be dedicated following the Beavertown Memorial Day Parade at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will begin in the rose garden which is located across from the Beavertown Library.

In keeping with tradition, children will decorate the graves of veterans at the cemetery. The Greenwood Community Brass Band will provide the special music for the event. Snyder County Commissioners Joe Kantz and Malcolm Derk will be in attendance and Sen. Gordner will be speaking at the event.

Following the dedication ceremony, there will be an all-American reception in the rose garden — apple pies have been donated by the United Methodist, St. Paul’s Reform and Beaver Lutheran churches; hot dogs were donated by the Top Star Market and the Beavertown Home and School Club; potato chips donated by Middleswarth Potato Chips in Middleburg and soda donated by Pepsi will also be served.

“We’re going to have a great time,” said Saylor about the planned reception. “There’s a lot of good fellowship.”

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