Old Glory Celebration Features Rededication Of Civil War Memorial West Chester Remembers War Veterans.

Posted: June 11, 1995

WEST CHESTER — When Old Glory was unveiled 80 years ago, 35,000 people thronged the borough streets to celebrate a monument to Civil War veterans.

Today, borough and county officials will rededicate the war memorial at 1 p.m. during the fourth annual Super Sunday celebration - and can only hope to

draw a comparable crowd to celebrate local history and boost local business.

Recreation director Kathleen McBratnie, who is also celebrating the department's 50th anniversary, said the simultaneous Super Sunday event and Old Glory celebration were a way to "enhance the image of West Chester" and ''get people into town."

Super Sunday events will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Gay Street between Matlack and Darlington Streets, and High Street between Market and Chestnut. For children not excited by an octogenarian bronze statue of a soldier, there will be plenty of other amusements.

Events will include a craft show, jugglers, clowns, pony rides, horse and buggy rides, music, storytellers and those two childhood favorites no fair is complete without: face painters, and a "moon bounce" ride. There will be refreshments and grown-up entertainments, too.

Borough officials and county commissioners will rededicate Old Glory, the work of artist Harry Lewis Raul of Easton, Pa., which still stands on the lawn of the courthouse as a memorial to all local sons and daughters who lost their lives at war. For history buffs looking for more, the museum in the just- opened History Center of the Chester County Historical Society will be open with free admission from noon to 4 p.m.

The day's events will be topped by the opening of the Rooftop Concert Series, held atop Ryan's Parking Garage at the corner of North Walnut and East Chestnut Streets.

The acoustic music series, sponsored by the West Chester Recreation Department and the state Council on the Arts, will run through September. Tonight's entertainment at 5 p.m. will be folk musician Kevin Roth; the opening act will be Geri Smith. Admission to the concert is $6. Please take a blanket or chair.

The garage-top series will continue on July 2 with the West Chester Music Alliance, Sojourn with Marc Moss on July 9, John McEuen with Wanamaker Lewis on Aug. 20, and a final, undetermined concert Sept. 17.

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