By Heather Abraham

MOUNT LEBANON (KDKA) – People gathered in Mount Lebanon Monday morning to watch history in the making as the community broke ground on its Veterans Memorial Project.

The theme of the day was about honoring our freedom and the men and women who fought and still fight for our country.

Dozens of veterans were recognized at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mount Lebanon Veterans Memorial in Mount Lebanon Park.

“I think it’s honestly one of the more important things you can do for a community of people who gave their lives for this country,” Alex Pecoraro said.

“One of the things about veterans is that veterans don’t come back after their service and put out a plaque saying, ‘I’m a veteran,’” Rocky Bleier said.

Bleier is a veteran and is also a committee chairman for the new memorial.

Today wasn’t just a day of remembrance. It was also a day to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Many people lined the streets for the annual Memorial Day parade.

“We’re here to thank all those people who gave their lives for us and kept our country as free as it is now and we’re just so grateful,” Sue Harper said.

Officials are hoping to have the memorial ready for dedication by this time next year.


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