Dauphin County Heroes Grove Ribbon Cutting Friday at 6 P.M.
Official opening of amphitheater dedicated to community servants
Over a decade in the making, Dauphin County Heroes Grove in Lower Paxton Township’s Brightbill Park will officially open with ribbon cutting ceremonies on Friday, June 17th at 6 P.M. A free concert by the Lower Paxton Variety Band will immediately follow the ribbon cutting.
“All the years of planning, fundraising and construction have resulted in a beautiful amphitheater that will honor those heroes – military, police, firefighters, emergency medical services, along with teachers and ordinary citizens who take extraordinary action to serve the citizens of Dauphin County,” said Vince Pinizzotto, chairman of the Heroes Grove Committee.
Conceived by State Representative Ronald Marsico, a team of dedicated community leaders worked to make Dauphin County Heroes Grove a reality. The venue will serve as a stage for remembrance and memorial ceremonies and will be the setting for educational seminars, festivals and concerts.
Keynote speaker at the ribbon cutting ceremony will be Major General Walter F. Pudlowski, U.S. Army (Ret.). General Pudlowski had over 40 years of enlisted and commissioned services at all levels in the United States Army. He served a combat tour in Vietnam, assignments in Panama, and service in all components of the Army: active, reserve and National Guard. His last position in government service was as the Special Assistant to the Director of the Army National Guard during which time he assumed duties as the Acting Director of the Army National Guard in Arlington, VA.
R.J. Harris, morning host at WHP580 will serve as master of ceremonies which will, in addition to General Pudlowski’s keynote address, include the posting of colors; singing of the national anthem; remarks by Representative Marsico, county and local elected officials; poetry; a tribute to fallen heroes; and – of course – the ceremonial ribbon cutting officially opening Heroes Grove.
The ceremony marks the conclusion of Phase I of the Heroes Grove project at a cost of over $700,000.00. With the amphitheater now constructed, fundraising is underway for Phase II, a $560,000 project to build the band shell, and install additional amenities. Design and construction of Heroes Grove is being overseen by H. Edward Black & Associates.
As part of Phase II, the Heroes Grove committee continues to raise funds, including selling commemorative pavers placed at the amphitheater. Complete information and an order form for pavers is available on line at www.dauphincountyheroesgrove.com.