Members of VFW Post 5513 of Chestertown gather around the Veterans Monument that was recently moved from a downtown intersection to its new pastoral setting in Pottersville Park.
A prominent monument that for decades has served as a memorial to local veterans has been moved from a traffic island to a local park.
The Veterans monument, erected in 1948 by the Glendale VFW Post 5513 of Chestertown, was moved Nov. 3 from the intersection of Rte. 9 and the Olmstedville-Pottersville Road south to the Pottersville Park at the junction of state Rte. 9 and Valley Farm Road.
The move was made not only to place the monument in a more pastoral and practical setting, but to accommodate potential reconfiguration of the uptown intersection, which has been planned for more than a year.
Members of the VFW Post were on hand to witness the move, accomplished by the Town of Chester highway department employees and their equipment.
The monument, in its inscription, memorializes World War II soldiers Edgar Armstrong, Charles Murdock, Leon Neubuck, Charles Monroe, and Nelson Johnson; Korean War soldiers Harry Linneman and Duane Barlow; and Vietnam Veteran “Iron Duke” Willy Morrisey, memorialized with his own granite stone.
Overseeing the monument relocation were VFW Commander Tracy Evans, accompanied by post officers and members Harry Smith, Howard Farmer, Ronald Robert, Rick Macewisz, Harry Brundage and Louis Russo. Accomplishing the work were Chester Superintendent of Highways Gary Clarke and town highway employees, Howard Mead, Jason Monroe and Paul Hill. The work was with the help of William J. Mueller & Sons towing firm, to which local veterans expressed their appreciation.
The monument was set in its foundation Nov. 4 by employees of Warren County Department of Public Works.
VFW officials noted that with the monument in its new location, the public will be able to more easily stop and view inscription commemorating local veterans.
The work was purposefully accomplished eight days before Veterans Day, when local veterans visited Chestertown, Adirondack and Pottersville and paid respects at the monuments in each municipality, honoring those who served in the U.S. military.
Plans are now under way for a re-dedication ceremony of the Pottersville monument to be held on Memorial Day 2012.