Last month, there were reports of deteriorating conditions within a 52-acre site dedicated on the grounds of the Freedoms Foundation in Valley Forge to honor Congressional Medal of Honor recipients. It appears news of the problem has prompted volunteers to step up, willing to clean up.
KYW’s David Madden reports foundation officials have said the recession, paired with low attendance, allowed the Medal of Honor grove to fall into disrepair. And it would take a $500,000 to fix it up; money the non-profit doesn’t have.
Foundation spokesman Jeff Oddo says word of the grove’s condition has touched a lot of people:
“We’ve received a number of inquiries from local residents and organizations to volunteer their time and services to help with the grove cleanup.”
And it starts this weekend. Now as for the future of the grove itself, studies are being done to determine how to best honor those fallen heroes within the group’s financial constraints going forward. Some preliminary answers may come in the fall.
Others who want to volunteer can sign up on line at www.freedomsfoundation.org or call 610-933-8825 extension 210.