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Dinolfo, Robach Announce Funding to Build Warriors of Freedom Memorial in Highland Park

Dinolfo, Robach Announce Funding to Build Warriors of Freedom Memorial in Highland Park

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and New York State Senator Joe Robach joined the Warriors of Freedom Memorial Committee, local elected officials and representatives from the veterans community to announce that the committee met its fundraising goal. This milestone will soon bring the Warriors of Freedom Memorial to fruition in Monroe County’s Highland Park. The project is set to break ground in 2019.

“It is with great humility and solemn reflection that Monroe County welcomes the Warriors of Freedom Memorial to Highland Park,” said Dinolfo. “Our community has inherited a legacy of respect for the men and women serving in our nation’s military. This Memorial honors that tradition and will stand as an enduring symbol of the immeasurable sacrifices made in defense of freedom. I want to thank Senator Robach, the members of Chapter 20, the Memorial Committee, and most importantly, every veteran and family member who has sacrificed to preserve the strength and prosperity of our great nation.”

The majority of the funding comes from Robach, who secured a State grant in the amount of $250,000 to design and construct the Memorial.

“I am extremely proud to support and help secure state funding for the Warriors of Freedom Memorial in Highland Park,” said Robach. “This memorial will be a fitting tribute to the brave men and women who gave their lives for our nation fighting terror. Certainly, their sacrifice should never be forgotten and with this memorial, the families and loved ones of our fallen heroes, as well as our entire community, can continue to honor their memory and service.”

The Warriors of Freedom Memorial is dedicated to the dozens of men and women from the Greater Rochester area who lost their lives in the War on Terror. It will feature 10 concrete columns: 1 column each for the Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, Army & Marine Corps; 1 column for Prisoners of War/Missing in Action; and 1 column each for the Afghanistan War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and Desert Storm. The centerpiece of the memorial will be a life-sized, battlefield cross statue depicting the boots, gun and helmet of a fallen soldier on a raised pedestal.

Located in Monroe County’s Highland Park, the Memorial will be situated adjacent to the existing Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In addition to the State grant, the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 20 made a donation of $30,000 to the Warriors of Freedom Memorial Committee. The donation embodies VVA’s founding principle, that “never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another.”

“Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 is pleased to support the Warriors of Freedom Memorial,” said Valentino Gatto, President of VVA Chapter 20. “It’s an honor to continue supporting the next generation of veterans and to remember the sacrifice of those we lost.”

The Monroe County Parks Department will perform routine upkeep and maintenance of the Memorial. For significant repairs needed in future years, the Memorial Committee will continue to raise funds for the Warriors of Freedom Memorial Endowment Fund. For more information, visit www.wofmonroe.com.

“This memorial will be a beautiful setting for our family and friends to remember our son Jason and those that served with him,” said Rita & Dan Hasenauer, Gold Star parents and members of the Warriors of Freedom Memorial Committee.