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Doylestown Historical Society sets WWI Memorial Fountain rededication



The World War I Memorial Fountain statue in Doylestown is cleaned in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

Doylestown Historical Society will conduct a rededication of the World War I Memorial Fountain at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 17.

The statue mounted on top of the fountain has been recently restored by Saving Hallowed Ground. The event is free and open to the public.

The commemoration will be the largest of a series of events observing the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. To remember the struggle, to honor those who died, and to educate current generations about the Great War, the society has been conducting numerous local events since April.

The ceremony will begin in the park area of the Bucks County of Administration Building (the old courthouse) at 55 E. Court St., Doylestown. Speakers will provide histories of Doylestown’s role in WWI.

One hundred fifty members of G Company of the Pennsylvania National Guard were based in the Doylestown Armory before departing for the battlefields. Many others also participated as the result of enlistment and the draft.

The keynote speaker will be Jeffrey L. Finley, president judge of Bucks County Courts of Common Pleas. The original dedication was made in 1922 by President Judge William C. Ryan.

After the initial speeches, a memorial ceremony will take place in front of the fountain, at Main and Broad streets, directly behind the administration building.

The story behind the fountain statue itself will be told along with participation by veterans from American Legion Post 210 and VFW Post 175, both of Doylestown. Special recognition of the 26 individuals known to have made the supreme sacrifice during The Great War will be made.

The Quakertown Band will provide World War I era music throughout the event and will continue to perform in the park after the formal ceremony is concluded.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the James Lorah Auditorium on Broad Street near Main Street.

Visit doylestownhistorical.org.

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