Danny Kaifetz explains the history of an honor roll wall in Keeseville. The former wall is featured on the back of the new Honor Roll, which will welcome home veterans returning from service.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
continued Kaifetz said the idea to recreate the sign on a smaller version came when the village dedicated the centerpiece of the Veteran’s Park in the hamlet, a granite statue that was commissioned by George Moore.
“He was talking about the sign and how he wished there would be another,” Kaifetz said. “That gave me the idea to do something nice to add to the park.”
Kaifetz said there are also plans for a granite roll call wall in the area.
“You will then have the wall, the statue, the flag and the Honor Roll sign,” he said.
Kaifetz said the welcome home sign may also be used as locals enlist and as a memorial for those who fall in combat.
“We have not had to use that yet, and we hope we never will,” he said.
Any member of the Armed Forces returning from active duty who lives in the towns of Ausable or Chesterfield, which includes the village of Keeseville, can have their name displayed on the new sign. Family members can contact Keeseville village clerk Lynn Hathaway at 834-9059 or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. People are asked to provide the name, rank, branch of service and date returning home. There will be no charge for the service.