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Chester veterans memorial taking shape

Dedication set for July 7

After Chestertown area veterans gathered May 18 to observe progress on the new Chester Veterans Memorial, they accepted a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol from Shay Mason, an aide of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson. Participating in the presentation were (left to right): Shay Mason and veterans Harry Bollback, Lou Russo, Ron Robert, Bill Linton, Harry Brundage, Harry Smith and Joe Slattery.

After Chestertown area veterans gathered May 18 to observe progress on the new Chester Veterans Memorial, they accepted a U.S. flag flown over the Capitol from Shay Mason, an aide of U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson. Participating in the presentation were (left to right): Shay Mason and veterans Harry Bollback, Lou Russo, Ron Robert, Bill Linton, Harry Brundage, Harry Smith and Joe Slattery. Photo by Thom Randall.

— State and federal politicians and U.S. military officials have pledged to participate, Bollback said.

“It will be a spectacular event,” Bollback said, noting there will be a live band performing, color guards and notable officials attending.

Bollback and the other veterans, gathered May 18 — Lou Russo, Joe Slattery, Harry Brundage, Bill Linton, Ron Robert and Harry Smith — talked of the community support that was making this veterans memorial plaza a reality. No state, federal or municipal funds have been spent on the project, they said.

Bollback said that the monument committee has raised about $65,000 to date and that many businesses have donated services and materials for the monument project.

The måonument project has been under development for nearly two years. In addition to the veteranås named above, working on the effort have been Joanne Ellsworth, Tracy Evans, Frank Tucci, and Sam Maltbie have been involved on behalf of the American legion Post 964 and VFW Post 5513.

Donations are still needed to complete the work, Bollback said.

Contributions may be sent to: Town of Chester Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 365, Chestertown, NY 12817.

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