ALDEN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Work is underway to build a new memorial in Alden. It will represent more than 70 residents from the town that have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Organizers broke ground on the project on Monday.
“Soldiers that have died from the War of 1812 to present day will be on a wall so they are never forgotten,” Philip Arnold, the president and founder of Vets H.E.R.D. said.
The wall is meant to be a place where families can heal. A place for the community to remember the courage and bravery of our soldiers. Arnold hope it will also teache the next generation about the cost of freedom.
“Kids going to college have no idea that their World War II aunts and uncles went to war and sacrificed their lives so we can live today, to go to college, to live our freedoms, to pick our religions. It’s huge,” Arnold said.
The Alden War Memorial will be a ten foot tall granite monument. The names of the soldiers will be engraved on it. Organizers say it will be shaped like an “A” for Alden.
The $50,000 project will also include stone pavers and granite benches.
“(It’s meant) to honor them. It’s a celebration of their lives.”
The project is fully funded by donations. Organizers have almost met their mark, but they still need some help from the community.
If you want to give a donation, you can visit www.vetsherd.org or call 716-901-0773.
You can purchase an engraved stone paver or bench.
The memorial should be in place by September 11th.