Rome Monument Company and Memorial Industry News
Rome Monument strives to give our time and resources to the people and organizations of Western PA. Local newspapers and television stations often cover our community involvement, work and acts of kindness. We try to pay it forward as a way of saying thanks to our friends, family and the local communities. Listed below are interesting stories to read about our acts of charity and other memorial industry news, videos and articles.
Local Business Replaces Veteran’s Headstone For Free After Damage From Vandals
News Report Aired by WPXI on September 11, 2015, Amy Marcinkiewicz of WPXI Did the Story
Dedicated: Sewickley Memorial Recognizes Western PA's Tuskegee Airmen
September 16, 2013
In 2013, Rome Monument was proud to coordinate the design, placement and engraving of the Tuskegee Airmen Monument located in the Sewickley Cemetery. Dedicated in September, the Tuskeegee Airmen Memorial, it is the largest outdoor memorial in the country honoring the first African-American military pilots and support staff who were members of the 332nd Fighter Group, nicknamed the “Red Tails.” Almost 100 members of the World War II unit were from western Pennsylvania and their names are carved on two of the four granite monuments that make up the memorial. The other two monuments contain the history of the elite military group and one, a 10-foot-high piece, features an airplane tail sculpted from red granite, representing the origin of the unit’s nickname.
Rome Monument tries extremely hard to give back to the local communities in Western PA. In 2015, Rome Monument volunteered its services to help clean the 200 headstones defaced with red paint in Riverview Cemetery in Kiski Township. A local newspaper published a story titled 'Miracle' product undoes grave marker damage in Riverview Cemetery explained the project. "Before we came in, we weren't sure it was going to work,” said John Dioguardi, retired owner of Rome Monuments. “Everything we have ever used never worked this well.” He said one benefit is that the product is not affecting the darkening agent used on the lettering. It's not leaving a ghost mark where the red paint was. “So what's happening is it's returning to what it looked like before,” Dioguardi said. “It's a miracle.”
In 2013, Rome Monument worked with Grove Cemetery volunteers to get final recognition for forgotten veterans by making and installing grave markers at the Grove Cemetery for James Howard Bruien and Nathaniel Coburn.
John Dioguardi and Rome Monument Help Restore Historic Cemeteries
Published in Allegheny West Magainze in December 2011
In 2012, Urbach Memorials, a division of Rome Monument, donated a 6-foot-tall, 3-ton granite monument to the New Light Cemetery, in Shaler Township, PA.
In 2010, Rome Monument's Urbach Memorials restored 30 destroyed gravestones discovered in the Beth Hamedrash Hagodol-Beth Jacob Cemetery in McKees Rocks, PA.
Groundbreaking for Tuskegee Airmen Memorial at Swickley Cemetery
Published in IN Sewickley Area by IN Community Magazines, Winter 2011 Edition