Adding honor to the village park

By Michelle Costanza

May 19, 2014 Updated May 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM EST

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thanks to one Owego resident, Veteran's Memorial Park is getting an update just in time to honor fallen soldiers.

Monuments that currently stand on the village green in front of the courthouse honor the Tioga County men and women who fell in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

But back in March, Bill Chandler said the park was outdated. Names needed to be added and new monuments needed to be erected.

"We were about $12,000 short, but businesses and individuals started donating and we're starting to put it together. We'll pour concrete tomorrow," said Chandler Monday afternoon.

The three new memorials include an additional World War II stone, one for modern warfare, and one in the center of the park for Medal of Honor recipients.

"These are men and women who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We'll have names from the Civil War on it," Chandler said.

The Medal of Honor monument will have a four foot stone base with a bronze statue of a boot, rifle, and helmet on top, explained Chandler.

Two additional flag poles will go up in the next week as well, flying American flags. The original five poles will display flags from each branch of the military.

"My brothers helped me with all the excavating, and I have a friend helping me. A couple companies have donated the concrete. There are no ifs, ands, or buts, this will be completed before Memorial Day" said Chandler.

At the conclusion of the Memorial Day Parade, there will be an unveiling of the park's new monuments.

Extra money leftover from the project will help the Garden Club with upkeep of plants around the monuments, and fund the Angels of Iraq and Afghanistan -- which provides care packages to troops overseas.

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