Schroon vets begin work on memorial

SCHROON LAKE Veterans Day is Nov. 11, but Schroon Lake vets marked the occasion a bit early this week. Ground was broken for the new Schroon Lake Veterans Memorial Wall during ceremonies Nov. 7 in the town park. Veterans have been raising funds for the project the past three years, garnering $27,647. Recently the Schroon town board agreed to contribute $25,000, which is enough for the project to proceed. The veterans wish to thank all those that contributed to the Schroon Lake Veterans Memorial Wall fund and the town of Schroon for all their help and support, said Ed Donley, commander of VFW Post 362 and chairman of the project committee. The memorial wall will actually be two stone wings on either side of the towns existing war memorial near the Schroon bandstand. Each wall will have a bronze plaque attached with more than 600 names of Schroon Lake veterans going back to the Revolutionary War. The stone wings will match the existing memorial. Veterans attending the groundbreaking were Donley, Don Sage VFW Post 362 quartermaster and committee vice chairman, Don Sharlan, American Legion Post 982 commander and committee vice chairman, Ed Noxon, Earl Daley, John Dillon and Roy Williford. Also taking part in the ceremony were Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses, town board members Roger Friedman, Clara Phibbs, Sharron Tyrrell and Sage, highway superintendent Mike Marnell and master stone mason Ernest LaBarge. I couldnt be happier, Moses said. Ill be glad to see this monument up for all the people of Schroon to enjoy. This is a great accomplishment for veterans and our community. Any veteran who served two years or more on active duty and grew up in Schroon or was conscripted from Schroon or was a resident of Schroon and a registered voter with an honorable discharge is eligible to be listed on the new monument. A list of Schroon veterans is now available at the town hall and Schroon Lake Library for review. People can offer additions to the list. While work is starting on the Schroon Lake Veterans Memorial Wall, the committee is still seeking funds, Donley noted. Contributions can be sent to POP Box 101, Schroon Lake 12870.

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