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Community unites to honor veterans

"They never made steam engines in Alaska, so it is probably from the lower 48 states," said Del Gallo.

Getting the project done, while requiring a lot of time and effort, wasn't too hard, said Del Gallo. Many businesses and residents were eager to help out.

"If it wasn't for the veterans, none of us would be here. When you mention it is for the veterans they help. It wasn't too hard of a project to do, because people are always willing to help with veterans," said Del Gallo. "It is a pretty expensive project, so it took a lot of money and labor and time."

Families looking to honor Rotterdam veterans can also purchase a bronze star to be placed on the walkway around the monument. The cost per name is $275 and the star includes the veteran's name, dates of service or tour of duty, branch of service and rank. Five or six stars are planned to be in place by Sunday, but Del Gallo said he is hoping for many more.

"That sidewalk on the outer edge that is 40 inches wide will have bronze stars someday covering the whole thing," he said. "It will be a nice little park for the veterans and the workers that want to go eat their lunch out there."

The whole area has generally gotten a makeover with a concrete walkway connecting the area together and the flagpole has also been redone. Benches are also planned to be added.

Del Gallo said he is excited for residents to see all the work that has been done and is happy the work was completed for Memorial Day, allowing residents to enjoy and honor those who served.

"I am happy it is done, and I am happy with the way it came out. I can't wait for Sunday," said Del Gallo.

Rotterdam is formally dedicating the new Veteran's Memorial Park, located next to Town Hall, on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. and member of the public are welcome to attend.
John Purcell/Spotlight

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