Honoring Local Charities Along the Main Line

There's more than fireworks and burgers to enjoy this month. Local charities and goodwill efforts remind us to celebrate the whole community.

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Each July, we give pause to celebrate freedom. Flags adorn homes, street corners and businesses. Parades feature marching bands, ball clubs, floats and the like. The July 4 holiday is about celebration, after all—but the true message may sometimes get lost.

Along West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, just a short stroll from Main Line Today’s offices, a memorial is taking shape from concrete, steel, brick and granite. Cold, impersonal ingredients on their own, but with the deft touch of skilled craftsmen, they will evolve into something far greater: a stunning tribute to the local men and women who served in our armed forces and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Designed by West Chester architect George Matuszewski, the overall structure of the Delaware County Veterans Memorial is a circle, representing unity. Its granite walls symbolize stability; the colonnade, sacrifice; the obelisk, knowledge; the “Lest We Forget” inscription, remembrance. Construction is scheduled for completion in November. To learn how you can contribute to the memorial, visit delcoveteransmemorial.com. I hope you’ll take the time to consider doing so.

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