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Renovated veterans memorial revealed at Setauket park

Two columns were revealed Wednesday morning, recognizing those who served since the Vietnam War -- including the Cold War, Gulf War and the global War on Terror.

News 12 Staff

Nov 12, 2020, 2:22 PM

Updated 1,319 days ago

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A special unveiling at Setauket Veterans Memorial Park honoring those who served our country coincided with Veterans Day.
Two columns were revealed Wednesday morning, recognizing those who served since the Vietnam War -- including the Cold War, Gulf War and the global War on Terror.
The campaign to renovate the memorial and three others in the area began more than two years ago when Vietnam veteran Jack Gozdziewski brought the idea to Suffolk Legislator Kara Hahn, saying it needed an update for veterans who served after Vietnam.
Together with area VFWs and Americans Legions, they planned the projects through Operation Remember, and raised funding. And after the Veterans Day ceremony, they unveiled the final of the four memorials to be completed -- with others located in Stony Brook and Port Jefferson.
A U.S. Marine veteran who served in Iraq says the work is much appreciated.
"For younger veterans like myself, to start to see memorials pop up in places that are honoring what our men and women have done, to sacrifice to the country, it's nice to see, it's a place to come and reflect, and it's nice to be recognized," says David Tracy, from Stony Brook.
One of the column faces was left blank intentionally. Organizers say they hope it never needs to be updated with another conflict.
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