HORICON - With balmy weather prevailing, nearly 300 people gathered Sunday in the hamlet of Adirondack, joining the family of Jeremiah Monroe - who was killed eight months ago in Afghanistan - to dedicate a park in his name.
V.F.W. Post 5513 Commander Ron Robert introduced post Chaplain Lou Russo who gave the opening prayer in the ceremony to dedicate the Jeremiah Monroe Veterans Memorial Park. Along with Boy Scout Troop 30 members, Robert led the Pledge of Allegiance and welcomed the many people present to the dedication ceremony for the new memorial.
About a year ago the Adirondack Honor Roll was erected in memory of World War II veterans. Now with the new park, all veterans are honored, particularly those who sacrificed their lives defending their nation, Robert said.
"This is now a memorial for all veterans of all wars and especially for those who didn't come home," he said.
The family of Jeremiah Monroe joined Roberts for the unveiling of the memorial plaque honoring Jeremiah, who was an Army private.
Red carnations, donated by Becky's Bloomers, were presented to the family members - who approached the memorial plaque, imbedded in a boulder. Each of Jeremiah's relatives bore a red carnation, as the memorial was unveiled from underneath a black drape.
Horicon Supervisor Ralph Bentley observed about how Horicon, like other towns in the North Country, has a strong sense of community, and how the park provides an appropriate, serene place for people to gather, reflect on soldiers' sacrifices, and recall those who have passed on.
Bentley introduced U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) who related that soon after taking office last year a good friend of his lost a sister in the conflict. He accompanied the family to Dover Air Force Base when her body was brought back stateside. He said he then realized the enormity of his responsibilities as a Congressman to make the right decisions in behalf of all the people. He presented a flag that had flown over the Capital to Delores Monroe, Jeremiah's mother.