Local Groups, Manion Foundation to Clean Veterans’ Island

POTTSTOWN PA – Community volunteers are being sought for three Memorial Day-related efforts within Pottstown, intended to honor local members of the United States’ armed forces who lost their lives while serving the nation, Vietnam Veterans Pottstown Keystone Chapter 565 and the borough’s Veterans’ Island Project Committee reported.

The chapter, committee representatives, and personnel from the Travis Manion Foundation are planning a Saturday (May 14, 2022) clean-up of the island beginning at 8 a.m. from the island’s Memorial Park entrance at 251 Manatawny St. The group wants to ensure various clean-up and upkeep activities on the island are completed before Memorial Day observances.

Both adults age 18 and older, and those under 18 who are accompanied by an adult, are encouraged to register for the morning work. All volunteers are expected to adhere to local and federal COVID safety precautions. Register on the foundation’s webpage, here. Those who can or are so equipped are asked to bring with them work gloves, trash pickers, and bags.

For the foundation’s part, the clean-up is dedicated, and pays tribute, to the life and legacy of Jacob Beam, 20, of Pottstown. He lost his life in World War II, is buried in Pottstown, and a memorial in his name is located on the island.

About a week later, the chapter and committee also say they will place flags at the graves of local cemeteries. Placements are scheduled for May 21 (Sunday) beginning at 8 a.m. at Highland Memorial Cemetery on Farmington Avenue, Pottstown; and May 22 (Sunday), also at 8 a.m. at the new St. Aloysius Cemetery on Buchert Road.

A flag retirement ceremony, including the burning of frayed and other unpresentable flags, is scheduled for May 22 at 10:30 a.m., also at the St. Aloysius Cemetery on Buchert Road.

The foundation is headquartered in Doylestown. For more information on the clean-up, which is titled “Operation Legacy,” send it an e-mail to oplegacy@travismanion.com.

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