Rockland County Executive Ed Day joined state and local officials Friday to accept a $100,000 grant for the Rockland County War Memorial at Haverstraw Bay Park. The monument will honor Rockland County residents who have served since Operation Desert Storm in 1990.
It will be the first monument in Rockland specifically honoring veterans of the wars in the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Here in Rockland we honor all who have served our country including our World War II veterans and those who came before them, going back to the earliest days of our nation,” Day said. “We would not be the strong and free nation we are today without their efforts.”
Other local officials at the ceremony included: Jerry Donnellan, director of Rockland Veterans Services, Rockland Sheriff Louis Falco, Haverstraw Supervisor Howard Phillips and Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan. Day thanked state Senator Bill Larkin for securing the funding for the monument.
The monument is being designed by cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The design and content will be approved by a committee made up of local veterans of those conflicts.