Representatives from Glens Falls’ Home Depot gathered at the Chester Veterans’ Memorial plaza recently to discuss the upgrades bankrolled by a donation of $11,000 from the home improvement chain — and to be accomplished this week by about 40 of the store’s employees. Participating in the planning were (left to right): landscaper Terry Hubbard, Chester Highway Superintendent Jason Monroe, Home Depot Assistant Manager Alison Hubbard, Chester veteran Harry Brundage, and Home Depot Manager Carmen Carbone. Photo by Thom Randall
The Chester Veterans’ Memorial plaza, an upcounty landmark reflecting local pride and patriotism, has received a substantial donation for its enhancement and completion.
Thursday May 16, dozens of employees of Glens Falls’ Home Depot are to be working at the plaza — located in front of the Chester Municipal Center — installing walkways, shrubs and granite benches.
The Home Depot Foundation has donated about $11,000 in materials, and the employees of the home-improvement chain have donated their time and talents in the effort.
American Legion Post 964 Commander Joanne Ellsworth hailed Home Depot’s contribution this week.
“This is absolutely awesome — above and beyond expectations,” she said. “It is outstanding that a Glens Falls business is assisting us in our remote and rural community.”
Post Vice Commander Joe Slattery also offered his praise.
“It’s great to see Home Depot step up and do something like this,” he said. “The Chester Veterans’ Memorial is the centerpiece of town, and these enhancements will make it stand out even more.”
Home Depot employees, with the help of the town of Chester workers, will be installing pavers in the memorial plaza’s two side walkways, which to date have been merely gravel paths.
Shrubs are to be planted on the front edge of the plaza — on the side nearest Main St — behind four new granite benches. Two of these benches have been purchased by Glens Falls National Bank — one by the corporation, and the other by the bank employees. Another of the benches has been purchased by Home Depot, and the other by Hick’s Monuments, Slattery said.
Home Depot’s donation of money and talent includes landscaping efforts.
New shrubs and plants are to be planted between the Municipal Center building and the Veterans’ Memorial monuments.
The memorial is a series of eight stones in a semicircular arrangement in front of the Municipal Center. The six-feet-tall memorials honor the men and women from the town of Chester who served their nation from the Revolutionary War to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The granite monuments, engraved with about 1,000 names, are flanked with six flags representing the Army Navy, Air Force, Marines Coast Guard and a POW/MIA flag.
As of Tuesday, the May 16 workday was expected to be a substantial effort. Price Chopper and Jacobs & Toney Meat Store of Warrensburg have donated food for the work crew, augmenting the food prepared by Home Depot employees’ family members, Slattery said.
Glens Falls Home Depot Assistant manager Alison Hubbard said the store’s employees were happy to help out, and were proud of the corporate donation.
“This is fantastic — a great partnership between our store and the northern Warren County communities,” she said.
Store Manager Carmen Carbone added his thoughts.
“Home Depot has a great relationship with the military, and this project demonstrates a great patriotic spirit,” he said.