PENNSYLVANIA — Memorial Day is a solemn occasion to commemorate and honor the fallen. It is no secret that veterans hold a special place in the hearts of Americans. One way to pay tribute to them is to donate to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund. Contributions received by this fund go towards the preservation and upkeep of the largest veteran’s memorial in any national cemetery. It’s heartbreaking to see it in need of structural repairs, which is why donations are so critical to keeping it up and running. By donating to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund, we reaffirm our gratitude and support for the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep us safe.
The Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial, located at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Lebanon County, stands in a lasting tribute to those who served our state and nation in times of war and peace. This monument is nationally recognized as the largest veteran’s memorial located in any of the national cemeteries.
“Since World War II, this nation has seen more than one million men and women die during war protecting our freedom. The memorial, located at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, is one way to keep their legacy of sacrifice alive in our hearts,” said Maj. Gen. Mark Schindler, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). “Donating in support of the Veterans’ Memorial is a great way to pay tribute. Donations help to preserve the memorial, which is currently undergoing essential structural repairs funded in part by generous donations of Pennsylvanians.”
One hundred percent of donations go toward the upkeep such as landscaping, lighting, and fountains as well as needed maintenance for structural and cosmetic components throughout the memorial. Donations, which are tax-deductible, are more important now than ever as the memorial is currently undergoing structural repairs caused by 20 years of exposure to the elements.
Donations can be made to the Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund online at www.donate.dmva.pa.gov or by sending a check made payable to the “Pennsylvania Veterans’ Memorial Trust Fund” and mailed to: DMVA Office for Veterans Affairs, Bldg. 9-26, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002. Donations can be made “In Honor Of,” “In Memory Of” or “On Behalf Of.”
The memorial, which was closed in October 2022 for $3.6 million in structural repairs, is expected to reopen to the public later this year.
Anyone interested in supporting additional veterans’ causes can visit www.donate.dmva.pa.gov to consider contributing to the Veterans’ Trust Fund, the Military Family Relief Assistance Program or any of the six Veterans Homes Resident Welfare Funds.
For information about any of the DMVA’s services or programs for veterans visit www.veterans.pa.gov.