Communities across the United States held Memorial Day observances last weekend. While all honored the veterans responsible for making America what it is, none could have been more moving that the Schroon Lake Veterans Memorial Wall dedication.
The event marked the culmination of six years work to raise money and construct the monument, which lists more than 800 names of local residents who served their country from the Revolutionary war to the present.
"It's our sacred duty to keep the legacy of nation's patriots fresh in the minds of future generations," said Ed Donley, chairman of the wall committee, during the dedication ceremony. "That is why we erected this monument."
The memorial certainly will serve that purpose - and it serves another.
It shows what can be done by dedicated volunteers. Schroon veterans - led by Donley and fellow committeemen Don Sage and Donald Sharlan - spearheaded the effort to create a fitting tribute to those who served. And they had plenty of help. Town officials, the board and highway department, made certain this effort wouldn't fail by providing support. Local residents, year-round and summer, stepped forward to fund the $60,000 project.
"We are particularly proud of what our veterans and the town of Schroon have accomplished," Donley said at the dedication. "This project was a huge and overwhelming project for our small group of veterans."
It must have been overwhelming at times, but the veterans and people of Schroon Lake persevered six years to make the impressive memorial wall a reality. It's not only a tribute to veterans, but to a community that joined together to accomplish a worthwhile goal.
The town of Schroon showed it's proud of its veterans by erecting this memorial. It should also be proud of itself.
Fred Herbst is Times of Ti editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org