The Lower Bucks Vietnam Veterans Association proposed a permanent Vietnam veterans memorial in Veterans Park in Middletown, and the Board of Supervisors approved the measure unanimously Monday evening.

A rendering of the proposed War Memorial, dedicated to the 96 people lost in the Vietnam War. Credit: LBCVVM.

This same group bought the Vietnam Veterans traveling wall to Middletown which was attended by hundreds of citizens in the community.

Supervisor George Leonhauser was contacted by the organization so that they can put up a memorial for Vietnam Veterans that hailed from Lower Bucks.

“The Veterans Park already commemorates WW2, Iraqi and Middle Eastern wars,” Leonhauser explained. “I talked to the members of the board and we knew it would be a good fit.”

Ed Preston, Chairman of the Association and architect behind 2017’s Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall visit, passionately described the need for a memorial specifically for Lower Bucks.

Senator Tommy Tomlinson (Right) thanks Ed Preston for his dedication to Vietnam Vets in Oct 2018. Photo by Rick Rickman.

“We hope this will shine a light on Vietnam Veterans poor treatment when they came home. We hope people will recognize their sacrifice and commitment to this country.”

This memorial would be the first of its kind in Lower Bucks. It would not only remember those who past in service from Lower Bucks but also those who are alive and were treated poorly coming back home.