15 July 1918, Private First-Class Ira Cranmer Keller, 24 years of age from North Bend, Pennsylvania Served with Company B, 2nd Platoon, 8th Machine Gun Battalion, 3rd Division “Rock of the Marne” of the American Expeditionary Forces. During the Second Battle of the Marne in France, PVT. Keller became the first Clinton County Soldier to be killed in World War 1. 18 July 1918 Corporal Beale Marshall Darby, at only 18 years old, Served with Company C, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry “Indian Head” Division of the American Expeditionary Forces. CPL Darby was the second hometown Soldier to be lost in the Great War, during the Aisne-Marne Offensive, and is listed at the Memorial at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France.
In loving memory of these brave young men, the Keller and Darby Memorial Park was originally dedicated in 1926, forever commemorating their sacrifice for our freedom. The land remains to this day a public park, ball field, and playground.
A century later, we will celebrate their lives and remember their sacrifices, Chapman Township will Re-dedicate the Keller & Darby Memorial Park and unveil a brand-new Soldiers’ Monument. This Memorial is set within a place of Honor, Reflection, Remembrance, and Ceremony at the heart of Keller & Darby Memorial Park.
The park is located between the Chapman Township Municipal Building (196 Main Street), the Chapman Fire Department (79 Park Avenue) and Schoolhouse Road in North Bend, PA 17760.
Ceremony begins at 2:00 PM
The Annual Community Picnic will follow the Ceremony and have been invited to stay and celebrate.
Please Watch The Weather, Dress Accordingly, Hydrate & Bring Your 3 X 5 Handheld Flags.
RCIC: Tony Mingo