PA Monuments - Cumberland County

  • Bosler Library Veterans Window

The Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle houses a unique veterans memorial in the form of a stained glass window. The images on the stained glass are of the Vietnam war. It features a soldier holding a rifle with head bowed and a helicopter overhead.

The window is dedicated to all Cumberland County veterans who served during the Vietnam War. There is an inscription on the window that reads "For those who gave their tomorrows for our freedoms today."

  • Cumberland County Veterans Memorial Courtyard

The Cumberland County Veterans Memorial Courtyard is located directly across the street from the Cumberland County Courthouse in downtown Carlisle. The courtyard was the site of the original Cumberland County Courthouse. The courtyard was dedicated to veterans in 1983 and is home to several monuments.

Civil War Monument
This is the largest of the monuments in the courtyard. It features a sculpture of an American eagle sitting with its head bowed on top of a tall column. There are inscriptions on the tower base that are no longer legible. Bronze plaques list the names of those who fought and where they served. There are images of Civil War era soldiers on each side of the base.

World War I Marker
The simplest monument in the courtyard is the World War I marker. It is a bronze plaque mounted on a pole with an inscription. The plaque lists the names of those Cumberland County men who died during the war.

China-Burma-India Monument
The granite marker located at the front of the courtyard is the China-Burma-India marker commemorating all those who served during World War II in defense of freedom.

Liberty Tree
Although not technically a veterans memorial, this tree was planted in 1980 as a show of support for the American hostages held in Iran. They were kidnapped in 1979 by a group of terrorists supporting Ayatollah Khomeni and the overthrow of the Shah. The hostages were ultimately held until 1981. It now serves as a reminder of the Global War on Terror's earliest beginnings.

  • Mechanicsburg Soldiers' and Sailors' Park

This park, although it is a monument to all veterans, does not contain much by the way of dedication. The park is an open area featuring a large concrete platform with a German World War I era cannon and a flagpole. The cannon looks as though it just rolled off the assembly line with the manufacturer's name and date still visible on the rear of the gun barrel. The inscription reads "Fried. Krupp Essen, 1904."

The park was constructed in 1922 by a local women's club. The only thing that identifies the park as a veterans memorial, however, is the sign that faces the park's entrance and the cannon and flagpole, just inside the park's entrance.

Further inside the park, near the baseball field is a bronze plaque dedicated to Mechanicsburg high school students who had died in defense of their country. The plaque is mounted on the outside wall of Memorial Park Stadium.

  • Molly Pitcher Memorial

A monument to one of the Revolutionary War's greatest heroes sits in the middle of a small cemetery in Carlisle. The grave of Mary Hays McCauley, or "Molly Pitcher" as she was known is also a monument to her.

She distinguished herself during the battle of Monmouth, where after her husband was wounded while operating a cannon, she took over for him and continued operating the cannon. Her bravery caught the attention of General Washington, who recognized her for her service and personally thanked her. After the war, she moved to Carlisle where she remarried and lived out the remainder of her life with a full pension granted to her by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The monument is a large sculpture of Molly Pitcher holding the tamper for a cannon. The monument also features a Revolutionary War era cannon.

To get to the cemetery, follow U.S. Route 11 west into Carlisle, turn right on E. South St, then right on Cemetery Ave. There is no parking lot, so it may be easier to arrive on foot.

  • Newburg-Hopewell WWII Memorial

The Newburg-Hopewell World War II memorial, located in the borough of Newburg and Hopewell Township, in Cumberland County, was erected in 1948 by Robert S. Shull Cemetery Memorials.

The two outside panels contain the names of 53 WWII veterans. Three of these came from Newburg-Hopewell whose names are: Theron Hensel, David Palmer, and Franklin Wheeler. They can be found on the monument in the lower center under the granite eternal flame.

There is an inscription on the monument which reads, "These died that liberty may not perish."

The monument is located on the N.W. Corner of the Public Square (Next to 1-3 West Main Street) in the Borough of Newburg, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (Main Street in the Borough of Newburg is also PA Rt. 641).

The Borough of Newburg is located at the Western End of Cumberland County (just about 1 mile from the Franklin County, Pennsylvania Line) and is located 4 Miles from the Blue Mountain Interchange (Exit 201) of the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Take PA Rt. 997 East for 1 mile, then take PA Rt. 696 S for 3 miles to Newburg to the Stop Sign, turn left on West. Main St. (PA Rt. 641), go 2 blocks & the Newburg-Hopewell WWII Memorial is on the left.

From Shippensburg, PA: Take PA Rt. 696 to Newburg (6 miles) to Stop Sign, turn right on West Main St., go 1 block & monument is on the left. Shippensburg is on U.S. Rt. 11 & PA Rt. 696. I-81 also passes South of Shippensburg and has 2 Exits (King St. Exit & Fayette St. Exit)

  • Shippensburg Memorial Park

Shippensburg Memorial Park features several veterans memorials on its grounds. At the front gate stands the Shippensburg Vietnam Veterans Memorial which the names of Shippensburg and surrounding area veterans who served during that war from July 1958, the military advisory years, until May 1975, the fall of Saigon. The monument's inscription states "This was a long war, history will judge its worthwhile outcome."

The Shippensburg Korean War monument is mounted on one of the entry columns at the entrance to the park. It also lists the names of all those area veterans who served during that time. There is also a supplemental list of veterans from World War II at the bottom of the plaque.

Another monument located toward the center of the park also serves a useful purpose as a water fountain. The monument has an inscription dedicating it to those servicemen who died in all wars. There is another plaque which adds an additional dedication to veterans of all wars. The monument is surrounded by a small garden of flowers with the American, State, and POW-MIA flags directly behind it.

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