Wilmington Members past and present from the 10th Mountain Division came together at Whiteface Mountain to remember comrades and heroes Aug. 3.
The annual 10th Mountain Division Memorial Ceremony was held at the base of the ski area, with speakers from the current membership of the division and members from its past.
“You honor us with your presence and we appreciate your service to our country,” William Garrison, president of the Northern Chapter of the 10th Mountain Association and veteran of the division when it was created in 1943, said to the Fort Drum soldiers in attendance.
“The journey from Camp Hale in 1943 to Whiteface Mountain in 2011 spans many years, miles and memories,” Morrison added. “For us who served during World War II, the shadows grow longer and the final roll call grows near. This ceremony, though, symbolizes our unity as members with the modern 10th.”
10th Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Curt J. Ryan said he was pleased to speak for the Division at the site of the Climb to Glory Memorial Marker and in the backdrop of the Adirondack Mountains.
“This is a great way to memorialize all the 10th Mountain Division soldiers who have sacrificed all and served their country over the past 60-plus years,” Ryan said. “This location reminds us of the unique skill sets that this division was born from.”
Ryan also said that he wanted his soldiers to look to the example that had been set for the 10th Mountain Division by those who served in its ranks before.
“When I learned that I was coming here, I immersed myself in the division’s history,” Ryan said. “In the spring of 2009, I got a chance to go to Italy and I walked the terrain in peacetime and stood where many of you veterans here today stood in a time of war. Our World War II veterans have set the standards for our current soldiers to follow here today.”
The service honoring the members of the 10th Mountain Division has been conducted at Whiteface Mountain every year since its inception in 1988.