Recognizing All Veterans

By Kelly McCarthy

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM EDT

Greene, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A new memorial in Greene for all Veterans is constructed in a way it can keep growing.

The American Legion built the monument so those passing buy can't miss it.

The American Legion Post in Greene wants Veterans to know, It's not where they served, or when they served that's important.

"This monument serves as a reminder for everybody at all times," said George Marr of American Legion Post 692.

One man served in the British Army and one in the Royal Canadian Air Force, both with red pavers.

"There was never a monument for anybody in the service during peace time. So we wanted to include those to this monument," said Earl Howell, American Legion Post 692 commander.

The only requirement is to have a connection to Greene and to have sacrificed for this country.

"There's 2,700 4x8 concrete pavers around this monument right now and we have about 314 with names on them," said Howell.

"It's a culmination of a couple years of hard work by, well the three of us are about 50 percent of the active members, so this is a lot of work for a few people," said Marr.

Years of hard work for more recognition.

A tribute not just for the veterans, but also the families.

"This is where they can come and they can see it, rather than a grave site," said Marr.

The red pavers indicate they lost their life in the line of duty.

Soldiers' names engraved in this stone from the Revolutionary War up until the War in Afghanistan.

"There's a lot of stories here in these pavers. A lot of stories," said Howell.

With room for a lot more.

When starting the project members asked the community for a list of names of people that joined since 9/11,

They received 118 local names.

"I don't suppose we'll ever get to see it all filled in, but it's a dream of ours," said Ray Stanton of American Legion Post 692.

"10 to 15 years from now we can pretty much cover all the green grass here," said Marr.

A town that is ready to thank it's future veterans.

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