-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) will host a ceremony to dedicate a portion of Route 611 in honor of a local solider who gave his life during the Vietnam War.
Stephens introduced and Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation in the last term to honor Lt. Joseph C. Park II, a Horsham resident who was killed during the Vietnam War.
The ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 30, at 10 a.m. at Horsham Friends Meetinghouse, 500 Easton Road in Horsham.
“Lt. Park represents so many young men who lost their lives during a conflict that divided the nation,” Stephens said. “That division prevented many who made the ultimate sacrifice from being properly honored. We are committed to correcting that.”
Joseph Park was born on Aug. 31, 1946, lived in Horsham, was an Eagle Scout and attended Hatboro-Horsham High School and Valley Forge Military Academy. After attending classes at Penn State University, he was deployed to Vietnam where on March 28, 1968, he died from a hostile gunshot wound.
He was awarded the Purple Heart, the National Defense Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal. He is buried in Horsham Friends Cemetery.
To remember his sacrifice, the section of Route 611, between Maple Avenue and Meetinghouse Road, will be designated the Lt. Joseph C. Park II Memorial Highway.
“We are taking a major step toward recognizing the sacrifice of men like Joseph C. Park,” Stephens said. “People who use this section of Route 611 will be reminded of a young, local man who bravely served in Vietnam, and gave his life in the defense of freedom.”
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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