Schroon Lake to dedicate veterans memorial

SCHROON LAKE - Schroon Lake will honor local veterans with the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Wall.

The ceremony will take place Friday, May 28, at 10 a.m. in the town park.

"This memorial is particularly historic because it contains the names of over 800 veterans going back to the Revolutionary War," said Ed Donley, chairman of the wall committee.

Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses, town trustees, Schroon Lake VFW Post 362, Schroon Lake American Legion Chapter 982, area veterans and other dignitaries will take part in the dedication.

The memorial wall is actually two stone wings on either side of the town's existing war memorial near the Schroon bandstand. Each wall has a bronze plaque attached with more than 800 names of Schroon Lake veterans going back to the Revolutionary War. The stone wings match the existing memorial.

The project has been six years in the making. Fundraising started in 2004 and ground was broken on the wall Nov. 7, 2007, as part of Veterans Day activities.

"The memorial cost about $60,000 with the veterans raising over half and the town providing the remainder, making this endeavor truly a community effort," Donley said.

Donley noted the entire community is invited to the dedication ceremony.

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 was eligible to be listed on the new monument.

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