Billy Trudsoe (left) and Rob Monroe (right) approach a tee during the 2011 edition of the annual Jeremiah Monroe Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s tourney, set for Aug. 4, is to include music, raffles, a silent auction. Everyone is invited to attend, whether a golfer or not, for a day of fun socializing — to raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
CHESTERTOWN Three years ago, Jeremiah Monroe of Brant Lake, a U.S. Army soldier, gave the ultimate sacrifice for his nation.
Since then, local people have paid heartfelt tribute, in an unprecedented manner, to Jeremiah Monroe for his service to the country and its citizens. Monroe was killed in Sept. 2009 while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He was the first soldier from the Brant Lake area to die on duty since World War II.
Although it has been nearly three years since hundreds of townspeople lined the streets to pay respects as 300 vehicles in Monroe’s funeral procession passed by, that special relationship between Jeremiah Monroe and the community is as strong as ever.
Year after year, dozens of area citizens gather to hold a memorial service for Monroe, at a town park in Adirondack dedicated to the soldier who gave his life to the nation.
But that’s not all.
The Monroe family, along with others, have established the annual Jeremiah Monroe Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s tourney is set for Saturday Aug. 4 at Green Mansions Golf Club in Chestertown.
The proceeds of the event are contributed to the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit group that aids injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan — with therapy, counseling and prosthetics.
Through the tournament, lives of other soldiers are healed and uplifted.
Annually dozens of local golfers have signed up in 2010 for this living tribute to Jeremiah Monroe — a way they can bond with his memory, express appreciation for his service, while helping U.S. soldiers in need.
A total of $17,500 has been for the Wounded Warrior charity.
Tee times may still be available. There’s a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The course fee includes cart, beverages and lunch. For details, call Green Mansions at 494-7222.
Those not golfing are welcome to attend. A deejay will be on hand providing music and entertainment from about 11 a.m. to mid-aftrnoon. Green Mansions also offers pool, darts and horseshoes. Raffle drawings, a chinese auction, lunch and other activities are to begin at 2:30 p.m. One of the drawings features four tickets to a Yankee’s baseball game.
Dozens of area businesses throughout northern Warren County have donated cash, goods and services to the event. To contribute, call Rich or Nikki Rising at 494-2178 or Rob Monroe at 494-4543.