Darrtown "Gathering" #6 - October 6, 2013
Darrtown "Paver Gathering" Attracts Nearly 50 People
The names of 48 people (listed below) were recorded on the registration sheets, when the Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee hosted a "Paver Gathering" in the the social room of the Darrtown Methodist church Sunday afternoon, October 6, 2013.
Originally, this event was scheduled to be held in the village square, where attendees could view the newly installed pavers and celebrate the progress of the project.
However, heavy rains fell Saturday night and throughout Sunday, leading up to the announced 2 PM start time. The inclement weather conditions convinced event organizers that the meeting should occur indoors.
Happily, the outdoor wet conditions did not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of those who assembled inside the Methodist Church social room.
At approximately 2:15 PM, Ron Wiley, chairman of the Darrtown Bicentennial Steering Committee, began the session by welcoming everyone. Ron then introduced John DeVore, of DeVore Land and Gardens, and John presented a brief explanation of the plans for landscaping the Milford Township Memorial Park, which is the name being given to the two west quadrants of Darrtown’s village square.
Ron Wiley and John DeVore with a sketch of the village square landscaping plan.
Ron then introduced Dale Bufler, who provided background information about the Veterans’ Memorial that the Bicentennial Committee has planned for the Memorial Park. Dale announced that the shape/design of the veterans’ monument, which will be located in the northwest quadrant of the village square, will be similar to the Walter Alston monument that now stands in the southwest quadrant of the village square.
Dale Bufler is shown in this image, as he fields a question from an audience member.
Dale explained that the inscription that will appear on the Veterans Monument in Darrtown's village square is one that he adapted from the inscription that appears on the Lincoln monument. The idea of adapting the Lincoln inscription occurred to Dale during a recent visit to the nation's capitol, while participating in the "honor flight program."
The inscription on the Lincoln Monument
The inscription on the Darrtown Veterans' Monument
"IN THIS TEMPLE
AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION
THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
IS ENSHRINED FOREVER."
ON THIS SITE,
AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE
FOR WHOM THEY SAVED THE NATION,
THE MEMORY OF OUR VETERANS
IS ENSHRINED FOREVER
Dale then shared his understanding of how the renown World War II, "Kilroy" character originated. Dale's version described a soldier who, after finishing latrine duty, decided to install a bit of graffiti that would become famous throughout the world. After providing the background on the well-known Kilroy image, Dale informed the audience that he thought it appropriate to include the Kilroy caricature on the backside of the Veterans' Monument, in Darrtown's village square.
At that point, Ron Wiley interrupted Dale and offered several positive comments regarding Dale's many years of service to the community and country. Ron then introduced Fred Lindley.
Fred revealed a paver that displayed the Kilroy caricature and explained that the Bicentennial Steering Committee (without Dale's knowledge) voted to place the Kilroy paver in the northwest plaza, near the veterans monument - in recognition of (1) the impact that the Kilroy image had on military service personnel through the years and (2) Dale's fondness of the Kilroy legend.
Additional scenes from the October 6, 2013 Darrtown Gathering
Names listed on the October 6, 2013 register:
Harry and Sueann Fillager
George and Faye Thome
William and JoAnn Coombs
Peggy and John Kelly
Bill and Gail Phelps
James B. Harris
Ron and Kathy Wiley
Jan and Paul Jewell
Bill and Dianna Beeler
Estill and Mary Pendergrass
Pete and Bernadette Wyckoff
Russell and Ginny McMIllian
Harry W. Ogle