After the completion of the Patriots Project in 2014, the County Executive asked his Veterans Advisory Committee to turn its attention to creating this long overdue memorial to honor all of the fallen soldiers of Ulster County in one prominent location. This monument is a testament to those brave American heroes who fought for our liberty and bought and paid for our freedoms with their lives.
This effort required painstaking research to accurately identify all our fallen soldiers from the Revolutionary War forward. Working with the County Clerk, Town Clerks, Town Supervisors, Veterans organizations and families all across Ulster County, they identified over 1,300 names of all the fallen soldiers dating back almost 240 years. The Advisory Committee was also asked to design the entire memorial of honor as they saw fit, since only our County Veterans had earned the right to do so.
The Memorial that stands today is the result of an enormous effort and contains several key design features, including five granite stones, arranged in a pentagon – historically recognized as a symbol of leadership – and a Battle Marker in the center, representing the tragedy of a fallen service member in battle.