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NEWS | Nov. 17, 2021

War memorial named for U.S. Marine on Veterans Day

By Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris 99th Readiness Division

The War Memorial Park here was named for local veteran Ed Micciolo during a ceremony Nov. 11 at the memorial site.

More than 100 senior military leaders, community members, veterans and families participated in the Veterans Day ceremony.

“On Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women from all walks of life who have stepped forward to defend our nation throughout our history,” said Col. John Wildermann, chief of Operations for the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Readiness Division. “During the past two-and-a-half centuries, Americans like Ed have been called upon time and again to put down their ploughshares, pick up their swords and defend our freedoms and way of life.”

Micciolo was a former U.S. Marine who served in the Vietnam War. He was a long-time Public Works employee in Abington and a community leader who led the charge to build the memorial originally dedicated two years ago. Micciolo died in January 2020 shortly after the memorial was completed.

“This legacy of proud and honorable service lives on within the brave men and women who wear the uniform today,” Wildermann said. “Our current generation of service members is proving its courage and resolve every day as we face 21st century threats on asymmetrical battlefields across the globe.”

The Edmund R. Micciolo Park serves as a tribute and space for veterans, families, neighbors and friends to gather and reflect on the sacrifice and perseverance that have allowed service members to preserve the American way of life.