Committee Has Its Say On Veterans Event
Despite the fact that Hornbrook Park has been too wet since the end of winter for maintenance crews to prepare the venue for the annual Bradford County Veterans’ Appreciation Day (BCVAD) Picnic, committee members participated in the May 26 Bradford County Commissioners Meeting and asked for an approval of an agenda that would recognize area veterans on Sunday, June 5, despite the cancellation of the event.
BCVAD committee chairman Bob Crandall thanked Commissioner John Sullivan for alerting him of the un-improving conditions at the popular park far enough in advance for the committee to come to a difficult conclusion that was guided by concerns about the safety of participants. Maintenance crews had even tried pumping water out of a flooded swale during a brief drop in water levels to no avail.
“The decision was not made lightly by the committee,” Crandall read from a prepared statement. Without hot, dry weather in the forecast, Crandall explained, the committee realized that there was very little chance of bringing the parking and staging areas up to par in time for the much-anticipated celebration.
“I know that was a tough decision for you guys,” said Commissioner Doug McLinko.
“In my opinion, that picnic is the highlight of the summer,” added Sullivan.
“We’ll be back next year,” Crandall promised those in attendance.
In the meantime, Crandall asked that the commissioners approve a resolution by the committee members that would encourage Bradford County residents to set some time aside on June 5 to remember the veterans of all military conflicts, especially those who served in the Korean War, often regarded as “The Forgotten War.” McLinko and Sullivan quickly ratified the measure and commended Crandall and the committee for their efforts.
Diane Elliot then read a proclamation from Rep. Tina Pickett’s office that, though drafted prior to the cancellation of the event, echoed several of Crandall’s comments and prompted the additional recognition of veterans from across the state and nation:
“Whereas the theme for this year’s event is ‘Korea, The Forgotten War,’ and, whereas, residents of Bradford County and all other counties of this commonwealth once again recognize these men and women who have served with honor.”
Crandall noted that all items collected for the planned Chinese auction would be held over for next year’s event. The raffle scheduled for June 5 will be held as planned, and the 12 winners will be notified by mail.