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Mount Wolf’s war memorial located. But where is Elmwood’s roll of honor?

This interesting memorial shows the World War II honor roll in Mount Wolf, missing for some time but now on display at the borough’s VFW. Charles Stambaugh, who e-mailed this photograph, pointed out that darker, larger writing can be seen behind the white lettering. The number of names just kept growing. Other artifacts of the 100-year-old borough’s past were on display at a temporary museum open as part of the borough’s 2010 centennial. Also of interest: The Last Picture Show: Future mayors soaked in ‘E.T.’ at Mount Wolf, Pa., theater and War memorials stand proudly in towns throughout York County and York County on knees as its men storm Normandy beaches.
Two unrelated e-mails underscored misplaced rolls of honor, war memorials common in towns across York County.
Charles Stambaugh noted Mount Wolf’s roll of military men, first displayed at the firehouse.
It was taken down during a remodeling project and then lost for many years. Then it was found… .

The story goes that a person who use to live in Mt Wolf was on a job outside county borders and ran across Mount Wolf’s roll there.
He return it to the borough, where it was displayed on a restored WWII jeep.
“Its final resting place is now the VFW in MT Wolf,” Charles observed.

And Eric Lehmayer asked about Elmwood’s roll of honor:

“Many years ago there used to be a ‘Roll of Honor’ in the first block of Elmwood Boulevard. It was a sturdy white wooden sign with the names of war veterans who lived in the Elmwood neighborhood. I’m trying to find out what happened to it and if it still exists. I’m the fourth generation of my family who lives on Elmwood Boulevard, so I have an interest in finding out why it was removed.”

He wondered about the story behind this roll of honor missing from this Spring Garden Township neighborhood.
Those rolls of honor can provide an interesting mini-hobby. When you go to practically any town, try to find its monument. Many have them on bold display.
West York’s is prominently displayed at the site of the old Martin-Parry Field near West York High School. Goldsboro’s is in the middle of its square.
And now we know the whereabouts of Mount Wolf’s. Maybe some helpful reader will help us locate Elmwood’s.
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