Park recalls veterans' service

| 29 Sep 2011 | 08:31

MATAMORAS - May 27 will find Matamoras’ Veterans Memorial Park a place of reflection for veterans, families, and friends. A large piece of granite that was used in the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. will be placed next to the existing WW II monument. The granite, with a bronze plaque inlaid, will sit waist high so veterans, students, families, and handicapped persons can all view it. Gene Goldner of Dingman Township will be on hand to pay special tribute to the WW II veterans. Retired after serving 30 years in the National Guard, Goldner served eight years on active duty and 19 months in Vietnam. Goldner’s memories of the war remain vivid. “I was scared like everyone else but as a commander you couldn’t let fear get to you. The mission was first and then came the welfare of my troops,” Goldner said. Goldner went to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington a few years ago but he couldn’t get close. As he approached “The Wall” his emotions and memories got the better of him. He had a 100 guys in his mind but he couldn’t remember the names of any on that day. “It was a tough time and I didn’t get too close with any of my men in case they got killed.” A dedication for the new stone is scheduled for 11 a.m.on Saturday, May 27.