Monday, August 6, 2012

Dedication set for the DePalmo family - Metrowny.com

LANCASTER- Lancaster VFW Post 7275 will dedicate a gazebo and “Walk of Freedom” later this month, honoring veterans and a prominent family of the post.

Post 7275 is the only one in the United States to have four brothers serve as commanders of the same post. The DePalmo family commanded the post sporadically from 1956 to 1967. Peter served in the United States Navy, Nicholas Edward served in the United States Air Force, while Joeseph Joseph and Michal served in the United States Army.

Around 32 appreciative and excited members of the DePalmo family will be in attendance, coming from as far as Texas and Oklahoma.

The dedication ceremony will include an unveiling of a temporary plaque, lying of flowers by family members, and the color guard of the 1st Brigade Syracuse Recruiting Battalion Buffalo Company.

A great historical feat, the vision of this memorial belongs to Sr. Vice Commander Jim Wier, who wanted a place for veterans of the community and members of the post to be honored. Tremendous support came from volunteers, VFW post veterans, and Boy Scout Troop 468, who constructed the gazebo and walkway in a week. The bricks that make up the walkway are engraved with names of those who should be memorialized. Additional landscaping is still in the plans once more donations are secured from the bricks.

“The gazebo was built as a place for veterans and members of the public to sit and reflect on what it means to keep our country free,” Robert Basamania said, a member of the VFW Post 7275.

As one drives past the post, the gazebo is in clear view from both sides of the parking lot, positioned straight out from the back of the building.

“One can sit there and see the walkway in front and look up and see the American and services flags,” Basamania said.

The VFW post was established by Congress in 1898 as a place for combat veterans to get together and talk. The gazebo is just another way to ensure the veterans can do just that, as well as anybody in the community who needs to sit, relax, and think.

The VFW Post 7275 is located at 3741 Walden Ave, Lancaster.

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