COVINGTON — While the city of Piqua may have been the hometown of Medal of Honor Recipient Airman First Class William “Bill” H. Pitsenbarger, the village of Covington is his final resting place.
Pitsenbarger’s grave is located in Miami Memorial Park Cemetery, of which one of the owners has begun a fundraising campaign to construct a memorial for Pitsenbarger there.
“We just started it,” said Lora Aleo, president of Miami Memorial Park Cemetery. The fundraising campaign has mostly been word of mouth thus far, raising approximately $2,000 of their $25,000 goal. Now they are hoping to get the community involved.
“It’s going to take a community effort to build this memorial,” Aleo said.
Currently, there is 24” x 12” bronze memorial marker supplied by the Veterans Administration. Aleo hopes to add benches and possibly a granite memorial to commemorate Pitsenbarger and his sacrifices during the Vietnam War.
“We have a special spot in the cemetery that’s dedicated for this purpose,” Aleo said.
Aleo was inspired after the Friends of the Piqua Parks raised nearly $90,000 for the statue of Pitsenbarger that is now located at the Pitsenbarger Park and Sports Complex in Piqua.
“I saw the beautiful statue in Piqua,” Aleo said. “This is so beautiful. They did such a beautiful job … I feel that his gravesite is not memorialized the way it should be, and I feel that we should do more.”
How to donate:
There is a GoFundMe page to raise funds for the memorial at www.gofundme.com/bill-pitsenbarger-memorial or checks can be made out to Miami Memorial Park and mailed to the Miami Memorial Park, 7875 N Crescent Dr., Covington, OH 45318. In the notation or memo spot on the check, Aleo asks that people put Bill Pitsenbarger’s name.
For more information, contact Aleo at (602) 565-2687 or at the Miami Memorial Park Cemetery at (937) 473-3038.
An earlier version of this article had the incorrect phone number of Miami Memorial Park. The correct phone number is (937) 473-3038.
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