Solomon presents Burholme Civic with state grant for revitalizing WWI memorial

PHILADELPHIA, July 9 – On Thursday, state Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., was joined by Magaly Hernandez from Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and Pamela Baranackie, acting treasurer of Take Back Your Neighborhood, to present the Burholme Civic Association with a state grant for renewal of the WWI memorial at “five points” between Cottman Avenue, Rising Sun Avenue and Oxford Avenue.

“The men and women who sacrificed their lives in World War I must never be forgotten and they deserve a memorial that commemorates their sacrifices in preserving our freedoms,” Solomon said. “This WWI memorial was dedicated in 1929 and there have been a few repairs since then. I want to make sure that the valiant sons of Burholme and all others who serve their country are honored.

“This is the perfect example of government officials, non-profits, businesses and community members coming together. Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association applied for the DCED grant with the support of my office. The $20,000 grant was acquired and the funds were used to install lighting, purchase flags and planters, power wash the monument clean, and to install a plaque that clearly shows this moment is for WWI heroes.

"I want to take the time to thank the Boy Scout Troop 160 for maintaining the monument for years. Appreciation goes to Councilman Brian O’Neill, former City Councilman Al Taubenberger, Senator Tina Tartaglione, Congressman Brendan Boyle, the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association and Burholme Civic Association, and Pamela Baranackie for her persistence in ensuring this landmark is maintained. The effort to secure additional funds to restore the cement work, as well as to improve accessibility to the monument continues with the support of the above listed partners.