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It's a day of honoring our own local heroes as the Ulster County Vietnam Veterans Monument relocates. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the occasion.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “It didn’t seem right to uproot the monument from its old location and bring it to the new without a little show of respect and everyone of them is here just to show their respect,” said Kingston Veterans Association Chairman Bill Forte.
It was the movement of a monument. Officials uprooted a giant structure from its home of nearly 25 years to the front lawn of the New York State National Guard Armory in Kingston. And as Lamont Taylor, who served in the United States Marine Corps, looked on, he said it’s an honor to stand amongst these men and remember the fallen.
“It’s not something that you just go to war and come home and forget all about. It's with you all your life,” said Taylor.
The move came about when the county put the property where the monument had been located up for sale. Once the Kingston Veterans Association received approval, they felt it only appropriate to transport it to the Armory.
“Over the years, twice we had the moving wall, which is a hall scale replica of the Vietnam veterans memorial here at this site and we thought it was a very beautiful site, nice flat surface and very accessible to the public,” said Kingston Veterans Association Chairman Bill Forte.
The statue contained the names of 41 men from Ulster County who lost their lives in Vietnam. As the organization plans on honoring those service members, they’re now working to get a hold of family to notify them of an upcoming June rededication. One they say is expected to be grand as they officially welcome the monument to its new home.
“It’s very, very important for the people of Ulster County to continue to remember the fallen who served in Vietnam, and I think they'll be very, very happy with the new location,” said Taylor.