Senator Greenleaf Joins Area Lawmakers, Korean Community Leaders to Announce State Grant Allowing Construction of Peace Park to Move Forward
State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf (R, 12) joined area lawmakers and leaders of the region’s Korean community gathered in Montgomery Township to announce a $224,162 state grant that will support construction of the Korean War Memorial America-Korean Alliance Peace Park in Montgomery Township.
The memorial and park will commemorate Pennsylvania and Republic of Korea veterans who fought in the Korean War, as well as honor the thousands of active duty service members who serve as peace keepers today.
Senator Greenleaf, having twice visited the Korean peninsula to deliver humanitarian aid, praised the allocation of state funding and the cultural importance of the park and memorial. Greenleaf said, “I am very pleased that this funding came through, and I commend the efforts of my fellow legislators and those who have been working so hard to move this project forward. State grants are highly competitive, and this speaks to the great value of the Peace Park. Known as the “Forgotten War”, it’s very meaningful that we honor those who lost their lives in the Korean War, but also continue to celebrate the unity between the United States and the Korean people.”
Lawmakers who advocated for the grant, including Reps. Kate Harper (R, Montgomery), Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) and Tom Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) were on hand for the event.
The park will provide an area of reflection and contemplation, offering seating and comfort for passive recreation, as well as a location for the community to gather together.
“We have many Korean War veterans living in Montgomery County, but fewer with every passing day,” said Greenleaf. “This park will provide our communities with a great opportunity to share the importance of the history of the United States’ relationship with the Republic of Korea, to remember those who served on the Korean peninsula previously and currently, and to celebrate the cultural influence that we are fortunate to experience. Many people have worked for many years to bring this memorial park to fruition – it is a tremendous honor to have been involved in securing funding to help finally make this dream a reality.”
As the project moves forward, Montgomery Township plans to enter into a license agreement with the Korean War Memorial America-Korean Alliance Peace Park, where the entity will maintain the memorial while the township owns and maintains the park and access to the memorial.
The grant will help construction of an access path, a viewing area and the installation of benches. The memorial will be funded separately using donations from the “Buy a Brick” campaign being conducted by the Korean War Memorial America-Korean Alliance Park Inc.
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