Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas dedicated the Vermont Global War on Terror Memorial during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11.
The memorial recognizes all Vermonters who have served in the current conflicts and lists the 40 military members with Vermont ties who have died in service to their state and nation.
"Vermont has a long history of answering the call to arms to defend our nation, and this memorial recognizes those who volunteered and gave their lives in our defense," said Douglas, who went on to highlight the wide support given to this project. "This dedication has been made possible by the determination and generosity of patriotic Vermonters."
The Vermont Fallen Heroes Global War on Terror Memorial Corporation, which is composed of family members of Vermonters who have died in the current conflict, has been responsible for building the memorial.
Over 1,000 citizens and companies-such as J.A. McDonald, which donated construction services, and Revision Eyewear, which made a significant monetary contribution-donated time and/or money to the cause.
"Revision is honored to have contributed to the building of the Vermont Global War on Terror memorial, a freedom afforded to us only because of the departed's great sacrifice," said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Eyewear, which is a Vermont-based company that provides protective equipment to American troops.
The dedication is the culmination of four years of efforts by the families of those who gave their lives to their country.
"The common thread with all the families, our resulting purpose, was to be certain that our heroes were never forgotten," said Marion Gray, president of the Vermont Fallen Heroes GWOT Memorial Corporation.
The memorial, located near the entrance of the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, will ensure all will be remembered.
"Everyone who enters our cemetery will now see this permanent reminder that our state is proud of our men and women in uniform, and we don't take their sacrifices, or the sacrifices of their families, for granted," said Clayton Clark, Veteran Services director for the State of Vermont.