Colby UmbrellMemorial and DedicationU.S. Army First Lieutenant Colby Umbrell was killed in action on May 3rd, 2007 in Musayyib, Iraq. Colby was a 1999 graduate of C.B. East where he was a captain of the football team and member of the track team. Colby participated in the 1999 Bucks County Lions North All Star Team. After graduating from East, First Lieutenant Umbrell attended and graduated from Johns Hopkins University.A memorial service honoring Colby was held on May 16, 2007 at Central Bucks East. The ceremony included music by the East Symphonic Band, the National Anthem sung by Glenn Kraft, Eagle Scout and East Alma Mater performed by the East Choral Ensemble. Comments and memories were provided by Joseph Jennelle, Principal; Larry Greene, Coach/Teacher; Scott Teschner, Choral Director; Dan Tamaroff, Close Friend; Rich Scott, VFW Post 175 and Ginny Kownurko, OEG Advisor.On Thursday, May 18, 2007 East graduate Steven Schildt, '87 inquired about having a memorial honoring Colby's service to his country. After consulting with the Umbrell family it was decided that Colby's uniform would be placed in a shadow box and a cast bronze eternal flame on a piece of cherry wood would make a fitting memorial. Steven spearheaded the fund raising, contacting other East graduates and community members.A dedication ceremony was held on May 2, 2008. America the Beautiful was sung by Christine Remiker, Umbrell Family Friend and Teacher. Matt Fisher, Army Ranger, recited the Ranger's Creed. Comments were given by Abe Lucabaugh, Principal C.B. East, Steve Schildt, Class of '87, Tom Manion, Marine Corps and Umbrell Family Friend and Ginny Kownurko, OEG Advisor.
Umbrell & Schildt Families
Guests from VFW Post
Umbrell Family Members
Rich Scott, VFW Post
Matt Fisher, Army Ranger & Bob Staranowicz, VFW Post
Tom Manion, Marine & Umbrell Family Friend