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ELENA CASTRIGNANO Times Leader Correspondent

Thursday, July 12, 2001     Page: 10A

I have always wondered about the monument on Lee Park Avenue next to the fire house. Recently I found out the history of it from a member of the Lee Park Honor Roll Association, Bob Williams.
    A group of people got together in 1943 to create something to honor the men and women who fought and died in World War II. The family of Charles J. gornecki, who was killed in action, started the effort. A stone bench is Placed in front of the monument in his honor.
    The group, known as The Lee Park Honor Roll and Civic Corporation, designed and installed the stone that stands there today.
    There are more than 850 names on the memorial. All the names are of people who resided in the Lee Park section of Hanover Township.
    If you visit the memorial, you will notice some names have a star or a circle before the name. The star indicates that person died in action, the circle indicates the person was a prisoner of war.
    You also may notice that several last names are the same since many families had more than one son involved in the war.
    Of the more than 850 names on the marker, several are women. Most of the women ere nurses. There was at least one member of the Women's Army Corps and one woman was held by the Japanese as a prisoner for several years.
    There is another marker on the site, one that honors the veterans of all wars Americans were involved in, from the Civil War to Vietnam.
    A group of gentlemen take care of the area around the monument. They are veterans as well and are getting up in age. Recently, the members of American Legion Post 609 and the Lee Park Fire Co. No. 4 got together and raised money to purchase a John Deere riding lawn mower for the group. It will make grass-cutting much easier for them.
    The current members of the Lee Park Honor Roll Association express their appreciation to those who donated toward the mower.
    The association is always looking for new members to help out at the monument. There is always grass to cut and flowers to water. There is no fee to join and anyone interested can inquire at the firehouse. The association is also accepting donations, which can be dropped off at the Lee Park fire house.
    Pride Day
    A meeting for Pride Day was held recently and plans are under way for this event to take place.
    The fire department has already made arrangements to have the popular fire safety house at the site again.
    The police dogs will presen demonstrations of their skills.
    Organizers hope to have more groups there this year and have moved the date up from October to late September in hopes of better weather.
    Anyone wishing to take part in this year's event is welcome to attend the next Pride Day meeting to be held Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the municipal building on Sans Souci Parkway.
    Church news
    Members of St. Casimir's Church, Delaney Street, Lyndwood, are holding a flea market from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday at the church social hall until the end of their annual bazaar. The dates for St. Casimir's bazaar are July 26-28.
    Dates to remember
    The Newtown Fire Co. will hold its annual Rockfest July 19-21 at Firefighters Grove, Raymond Drive, Newtown.
    The Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Main Road, Buttonwood, will hold its annual bazaar July 20-22 on the church grounds.
    If you have a birthday, meeting or other item you would like published in this column, call Elena Castrignano at 817-5513 or write to her at 248 W. Division St., Hanover Township, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Send e-mail to easc@ptd.net.
    American Legion Post 609 and Lee Park Fire Co. No. 4 donated a new lawn mower to the Lee Park Honor Roll Association.
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