Veterans memorial envisioned for Chester

CHESTERTOWN - Veterans organizations in town are working on a project to honor veterans in the town of Chester, and they are seeking help from the public to make their work complete.

The American Legion Post 964 and Veterans of Foreign War Post 5513, both based in Chester, are working to erect a memorial walkway that will include five stone monuments bearing names of town of Chester residents who served in various wars and conflicts.

Local Legion Commander Joanne Ellsworth said local veterans are enthusiastic about the project.

"The memorial walkway will be a very fitting tribute to the men and women who've served our nation," she said.

The walkway is expected to be complete by summer 2012, and likely be dedicated during the town's Fourth of july celebration that year.

Veterans, family members and descendants of those who served are asked to submit information so all local soldiers can be honored. Needed are:

1) The name of the veteran

2) Branch of Service;

3) War or era served; and

4 Copy of honorable discharge papers.

This information should be mailed to:

Town of Chester Memorial Project, c/o Joe Slattery, 5568 State Route 8, Chestertown, NY 12817.

The information can also be e-mailed to: Jslatte1@nycap.rr.com

Those with questions may contact Slattery at 494-5989.

Slattery stated soldiers serving in the world wars, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Granada, and various other conflicts overseas are welcome to submit information. "We need your help to make this project a reality," he said.

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