Price of Freedom Monument paver project underway

Al Bressi, Jim Luta and Bill Shutt, workers from Brian Persing Masonry, install pavers in front of the Price of Freedom Monument in Shamokin on Tuesday. The project is conducted by Citizens for a Better Community, which sold 115 personalized pavers.

SHAMOKIN — A project to enhance the Price of Freedom Monument along Lincoln Street is underway.

Brian Persing Masonry is laying personalized and non-personalized pavers in front of the monument built in 1989 to honor the memory of the men and women from Shamokin and Coal Township who made the supreme sacrifice.

The project is conducted by Citizens for a Better Community (CBC), which sold 115 personalized pavers. The pavers are 8-by-8 and 4-by-8 inches in size.

CBC President Rich Jilinski described the former approach to the monument as “a bit ratty” and said it was time for an upgrade.

“We (CBC) wanted to have the project done sooner, but there has been a lot of rain,” he said Tuesday. “We will have it done before the Memorial Day ceremony, which is held at the monument.”

Jilinski complimented Brian Persing who donated labor toward the paver project and the adjacent J.H. and C.K. Eagle Mill bell project completed last year.

“I can’t thank him enough,” Jilinski added.

Jilinski intends to have the former mill bell rung as each name listed on the Price of Freedom Monument is read during the Memorial Day ceremony.

John Schenewerk, commander of VFW Post 317, Coal Township, said the observance will be conducted following a march that will begin at 9 a.m. with stops at the Timothy DiOrio Memorial in Coal Township, Shamokin Fire Bureau Memorial on Market Street and Cpl. David Witmer Memorial on Lincoln Street.

Schenewerk said of CBC’s efforts, “I drove by (the paver project) and what I have seen so far looks great.”

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