Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove receive gifts to complete site

Left to Right: Friends of the Grove board member Cory Etchberger, son of MoH recipient MSgt. Richard Etchberger, MoH Recipient General James Livingston, Julian Hernandez, Friends Vice Chairman Greg Cary, Post 845 Commander Miguel Hernandez and Chaplain Ralph Bassetti. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove
Left to Right: CC MCL member Leo Burke, DAV Chapter #90 Commander Doug Forsythe, Friends of the Grove Vice Chairman Greg Cary, board member Tony Boyle and CC MCL Commandant Jim Copeland. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove

The Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove recently received two gifts to help complete their work.

The organization was presented with a $500 check from the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter #90, and a $2,000 check from the Downingtown VFW Post 845 on Jan. 2.

The donation will go toward the completion of adding the remaining Medal of Honor Recipients names into the Grove in 2014.

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Friends of the Grove Vice Chairman Greg Cary and board member Tony Boyle accepted the DAV check from Doug Forsythe, Commander of DAV, Chapter #90 on behalf of the Friends of the Grove. Downingtown VFW Post 845 Commander Miguel Hernandez presented their check to Medal of Honor Recipient General James Livingston (Ret.) who, with Cary, accepted it on behalf of the Friends.

The 52-acre Medal of Honor Grove, located at 1601 Valley Forge Rd on the property of the Freedoms Foundations headquarters, just off Route 23 near Phoenixville, is the nations oldest living memorial site dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. It is divided into one-acre plots for each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A 53rd obelisk was erected in 1985 by the Ancient Order of Hibernians to memorialize the 150 Medal of Honor recipients who received the medal but were not American citizens. Each acre features an obelisk and metal plaques set in the ground, honoring Medal of Honor recipients dating back to the Civil War.

For more information on the Medal of Honor Grove and how you can get involved, visit the Friends of the Grove website at www.friendsmohgrove.org.