Reported and Photographed by Billy Worrell

SPRING CITY PA – U.S. armed forces veterans, community leaders and members of the public celebrated last week (July 9, 2010) as the first shovelfuls of dirt were turned at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans’ Center, 1 Veterans Dr., Spring City PA, in a ground-breaking ceremony for its new 120-bed community living center.

Maj. Gen. Jessica Wright discusses plans for the center.

Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, adjutant general of Pennsylvania, presided over the event that introduced construction of the $41 million facility, which will connect to the existing center via a skyway. Once completed, current residents of the old building will be moved into the new one, and the vacant original facility will be refurbished to accommodate residents of nearby separate outbuildings and cottages.

Ultimately, the cottages will be removed too, and the ground they occupied will be converted into a park.

28th Infantry Division soldiers bear the colors into the ceremony.

Members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s 28th Infantry Division were on hand to present the colors at the ceremony’s start.

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