Veterans' Memorial Unveiled in Conklin
5/31/2014 (Updated 10:42:37 PM)Eight years after it was conceived --the unveiling Saturday in Conklin of a veterans memorial with the names of those who fought in all the nation's wars.
Vince Briga has the story:
For World War II, Vietnam and Korean war veteran Robert Page, it was a dream for many years.
"We had people in the neighborhood that were never given the honor of having a memorial like this built for them," said Robert Page, Sgt. in US Army and founder of the memorial.
And Page worked his way from the bottom, raising money for the monument in any way he could.
"First I started off with Gertrude Hawk candy bars we were selling," said Robert Page.
"This was his vision to do this. He started selling the candy bars, it was 50-50s, so we have been doing that for many many years," said Debbie Preston, Broome County Executive.
Many that I've spoken with say they hope the names like the ones on the plaque here behind me will be past on for generations for years to come.
"I am so honored to see all the names of the people here from Conklin. I'm just so honored to be able to be here and to see this. This is such a great honor," said Debbie Preston.
"I think it's great that Conklin was able to do something for the veterans and the current soldiers that are out there fighting," said Izzi Frear, Memorial Project Volunteer.
The monument features veterans from wars like World War II, the Civil War, and even dating back to World War I. Page said he hopes this monument will draw many to the park, and hopes they will remember the men and women on it.
"Recognition so they know who their forefathers were and served their county and who made it possible for them walking on this land," said Robert Page.
In Conklin, Vince Briga, FOX 40 HD News.
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