Friday, May 22, 2015

Banner to honor slain U.S. Army Master Sgt. Elwell

Ceremony scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday outside Coubnty Courthouse.

Banner to honor slain U.S. Army Master Sgt. Elwell

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U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kenneth B. Elwell.

U.S. Army Master Sergeant Kenneth B. Elwell, who was killed in action on July 17, 2011, in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan, will be honored Wednesday afternoon with a banner raised outside the County Courthouse in Doylestown.

Sgt. Elwell will be the 19th “Hometown Hero” to be honored with a banner in the Courthouse Memorial Courtyard.

The brief unveiling ceremony of the memorial banner, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will include an Honor Guard march and remarks from the Bucks County Commissioners, retired U.S. Marine Colonel Tom Manion, and county Military Affairs Director Dan Fraley.

Members of Gold Star Families, representatives of the Pennsylvania National Guard, veterans, family members and friends will join in honoring Sgt. Elwell. 

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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