Wissahickon Veterans Memorial

WEOF launched the memorial fundraising effort in February 2018 and, with the generosity of our school community and area businesses, surpassed our goal of raising $40,000 in one year!  We hope the new memorial will serve as a solemn and beautiful place for students and our community to recognize the sacrifices of our veterans and honor those who serve.

 

About 250 people, including students, staff and alumni veterans, attended the Unveiling Ceremony for the new Wissahickon Veterans Memorial on Friday, May 24, 2019. Following the Presentation of Colors by the American Legion Post 769, remarks were given by Veterans, Dr. James Crisfield, USAF, WSD Superintendent; Johnathan Woodward, USAF, WHS Class of 2008, Police Officer, Hatfield Township Police Department; and Scott Williamson, USA, Lower Gwynedd Elementary Art Teacher. Three students entering the military were recognized including: Nicholas Kang '19, Accepted Student, US Naval Academy; William Bishop '19, Army ROTC Scholarship Recipient, Villanova and Bryan Thomas, '19, USMC Recruit. Music was provided by the WHS Camerata.

 

Guests also viewed the Wissahickon Wall of Honor in the Audion Lobby that now includes Trojan Tributes - bios and videos of current Wissahickon Staff Veterans and Alumni Veterans who died in service. These were created with the help of WHS Junior Ali Meltzer and Sophomore Olivia Welsh.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS WHO MADE THE VETERANS MEMORIAL POSSIBLE!

 

Watch the highlights from the ceremony (5 minutes)

 

Watch the full ceremony (38 minutes)

 

Veterans Memorial Planning Committee

Dr. James A. Crisfield, Superintendent

Chaplain Jim Potts, American Legion Post 769

Mark Futch, Commander, American Legion Post 769    

Wayne Wilson, Service Officer, American Legion Post 769 

Fred Conner, Historian, American Legion Post 769

Warren Barnhardt, Adjutant, American Legion Post 769

Maryann Slater, Lower Gwynedd Elementary

Tishara O’Brien, Stony Creek Elementary

Cynthia Tschepikiewski, Shady Grove Elementary

Jim Shoemaker, WHS

Mark Michaels, WEOF

Gerry Moore, WSD Facilities Director

Robert McQuade, WSD Facilities

Kristen Rawlings, WSD Communications 

 

Sponsors

Wissahickon School District and Wissahickon Educational Opportunities Foundation (WEOF) would like to thank our sponsors whose generous contributions made the Veterans Memorial possible.

 

School Partners  

Through a variety of fundraising initiatives at every school, Wissahickon staff, students and families raised more than $15,000. Thank you to the staff and student leaders who organized these efforts! Special shout out to Maryann Slater,  Tishara O’Brien, Cynthia Tschepikiewski, Jim Shoemaker, Emily Morin, and Caeli Duke for organizing the fundraising efforts at their schools.  

 

Project Sponsors

These companies provided pro bono services and/or donated materials for the memorial site and structural plan, foundation construction, lighting and landscaping.  

  • Anthony Biddle Contractors Inc.
  • Connor Electric 
  • Deck’s Landscaping Inc.
  • Mulhern & Kulp
  • Woodrow & Associates

Patriot Sponsors ($1,000 or more)

Bruce Carnevale, Bradford White Corp.

Class of 1968

Class of 2018 

Colonel Denise Wurzbach

David & Donna Caddick, Caddick Construction 

Joseph & Nadine Truitt

Lockheed Martin

Bob & Cathy McQuade

Rotary Club of Blue Bell 

Valentina Kanter

WHS Boys Lacrosse Team

 

Freedom Sponsors ( $500-$999)
 

Arif Fazil, D’Huy Engineering 

Ciavarelli Family Funeral Homes

dRemodeling LLC

Fred Connor

Jennifer Dickerson

Matthew Hillbush, Mainstay Engineering

Panache

Robin & Gwen Breslin

Tom & Sandra McClintic

Wynn Family 

 

Liberty Sponsors ($250-$499)

Bonnie-Ann Brill Keagy

Class of 1978

Dr. James A. Crisfield

E.P. Guidi, Inc.

Edward Bean, U.S.M.C

Ian Williams

Jacob & Nicholas Kang

James Thompson

Jay Gelman

Jeff Sultanik, Fox Rothschild, LLP

John Duffy III

Joseph Dunn 

Maryann Slater’s Class

Maza, David & Hoeffel 

Stan Richelson

State Rep. Kate Harper

Stephen Yusem

Yixing/Arthur Zhao

 

Valor Sponsors ($100-$249)

American Legion District 9

Ann Press

Anthony Teramino

Bill Schmitt, Allstate Insurance

Carol Benigno

Carola Wingerter

Chris Shea

Elena Chong

Elizabeth & Philip Colonna

Girl Scouts of Eastern PA, Troop  7891

James Gresh

John Tumolo

Linda Caffier

Maryann Slater

Matt Prince

Michale Spence

Mike & Stacey Hajdak

Peter & Francine Lowry

S Chester

Heroes Sponsor
$50-$99

Anne Gittes

Carol Pearson

Cathy Pierlott

Elisabeth Hall

Freeman Family

Greg Driscoll

Harry Leister, Four Aces Investment Club

John & Carol Ohlson

Ken Dubbs

Kristen Rawlings

Lynn & Richard Marta

Melograno Family

Peter Sinopoli

Tim Donovan

Tricia Groarke