By Thom Randall
CHESTERTOWN — Three years ago, Jeremiah Monroe of Brant Lake, a U.S. Army soldier, died in combat in Afghanistan.
Since then, local people have paid heartfelt tribute to Monroe for his service to the country by participating in the annual Jeremiah Monroe Memorial Golf Tournament, established by members of the Monroe family.
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, now in its third year, lives of other soldiers are healed and uplifted, representatives of the charity have noted.
This year, a total of 64 golfers participated in this living tribute to Jeremiah Monroe.
With this year’s tournament proceeds, a total of $23,455 has been raised for the Wounded Warrior charity, according to Nikki Monroe Rising, a cousin of Jeremiah’s.
This year’s tournament was held Saturday Aug. 4 at at Green Mansions Golf Club in Chestertown. Dan Griffen of Digital Spins donated his time as deejay for the event. Four tickets to a Yankee’s baseball game were won by four-month-old Sophie Hammond. Other raffle drawings and a Chinese auction were also held.
Dozens of area businesses throughout northern Warren County donated cash, Rising said.
“We had a really good turnout, and on behalf of the wounded soldiers that will be helped, we really appreciate everyone’s generosity.”