Along the Susquehanna River’s western shore in Wormleysburg, the Pennsylvania Office of the American Legion boasts a great 1970s era split-wing building (shared with the PA Legion Auxiliary).
I took these photos on a blustery afternoon late last fall . Today, I post them in honor of Marine Sergeant Sean T. Callahan of Virginia (3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.). He perished last weekend while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. I never had the opportunity to meet Sean, but I know his parents. My heart aches for all of the families and friends of soldiers who make the ultimate sacrifice.
The statue garden on the property pays tribute to Pennsylvania veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Viet Nam War. There are also plaques and memorials for those who perished in the 2003 – 2004 War on Terrorism and the September 11th attacks. Included in the garden is a unique tribute for those who perished in the 1976 Legionnaires Disease outbreak at an American Legion convention in Philadelphia.
A courtyard between the two wings of the building features a POW-MIA memorial and a praying hands statue (see photos in the gallery at the end of this post)