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Berks County
Dedication Ceremony

Scarlett Kulp Playing Taps

Scarlett Kulp (in pink) plays taps while members of the 166th Regiment, PAARNG from Fort Indiantown Gap and guests look on. Scarlett graduated from Boyertown Area High School in 2007 where she played trumpet in the high school band. She currently attends Kutztown University. Scarlett lived next to Travis Zimmerman (bottom left photo), since she was 2 years old. A few days after Travis' death she was inspired to try raise enough money to add a Military Bear to the Boyertown Bear Fever Collection. Within a few weeks, she had raised enough money to purchase the bear. There was such an over whelming response to Scarlett's efforts that a committee was formed to organize a "Hometown Heroes" Parade and Ceremony which was held on September 17,2006. In May 2007 Scarlett was present with the Berks County Red Cross Community Service Award.

Berks Audience

166th Regiment, PAARNG from Fort Indiantown Gap, responsible for combat skill training and leader development for Guard and Reserve soldiers throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Patriot Guard

Patriot Guard members, always great supporters of the Gold Star moms and our veterans, display the colors during the ceremony.

Elizabeth Zimmerman State Rep Dave Kessler

Betty Zimmerman, the Gold Star Mother behind the Berks banner program, makes some remarks after being introduced by State Representative Dave Kessler (right).

Chaplin Maj Max Furman

Betty Zimmerman with speakers Chaplain Maj. Max Furman, full time support chaplain, PAARNG (left) and Brig. Gen. Joseph G. De Paul, deputy adjutant general, PAARNG (right).

Travis Zimmerman

Betty Zimmerman stands in front of a banner of her step son, Travis Zimmerman.

Sarah Kent Pipe Major

Sarah Kent, Pipe Major with Hamilton Celtic Pipes and Drums.

Navy Cadets

Alana and Jesse Cook, Navy Sea Scouts, hand out programs, name tags, and flowers for Gold Star Family members.

Marie Vidal

Marie Vidal, Gold Star Mother of Anthony Kalladeen, stands beneath Anthony's banner proudly wearing her son's uniform.