On a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River, military heroes will be eternally honored.
The St. Lawrence County Vietnam Memorial was officially dedicated at a special ceremony Sunday.
It was a cold, crisp day, but there was a great spirit out there, said Larry Caulfield, who served as master of ceremonies. We had between 50 to 55 people come out to support us.
The memorial honors 32 St. Lawrence County residents who were killed in action during the Vietnam War and commemorates the 2011 appearance of the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall in Ogdensburg.
The Rev. Robert Longbottom of St. Johns Church and the Most Rev. Bishop Terry R. LaValley officiated the service. At the ceremony, members of Operation Veterans and Amvets Post 19 announced a $7,000 donation to the Vietnam Moving Wall Education Center in Washington, D.C. The donation was made possible from funds left over when several military organizations brought the Moving Wall to Ogdensburg last year.
The people of Ogdensburg were very generous, said Mr. Caulfield. There was an outpouring from people hoping to bring the wall here. We went to great expense and held a number of fundraisers. When all of the bills were paid, the committee decided to donate the remainder to the National Vietnam Moving Wall Education Center.
The memorial was donated by Frary Funeral Homes as a gift to the city and the county. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2936 served as color guard. Cindy Barry, widow of Maurice Hal Barry, former Ogdensburg school superintendent who served six tours of duty in Vietnam, gifted a marble bench that will be in place by Memorial Day, Mr. Caulfield said.
The highlight of the ceremony was reciting the names of 32 county residents who died while serving in the Vietnam war. A bell, rung by Danielle Caulfield, tolled as each name was announced. The clergy led a blessing and a litany of prayers.
Richard C. Fox, of Fox & Murray Funeral Home & Cremation Services, donated the flag and mount, which now stands behind the monument. Bastas Flower Shop donated the wreath for the ceremony.
The following are the names of the 32 service men who were killed in action during the Vietnam War: William Kralick, George Balazy, Douglas Murray, Roger H. Coye, Robert V. Wood, Douglas R. Colbert, Paula Conroy Jr., Ronald Southworth, Harold J. Anable, Franklin C. Lewis, Kennefth F. Backus, William S. McBroom, Wayne A. Murray, Harold G. Beane Jr., Charles L. Howe, Leo B. Gunning, Raymond L. Cook, Harley B. Roberts, Carles F. Rubado, Timothy Carmody, Gerald R. Roy, Steven J. Riggs, Edward Cayey Jr., Robert B. Markum, Bernard G. Purvis, Larry E. Christie, Alan B. Denhoff, Rocky A. Burns, Archie E. Trimm, Edward O. Burkett, Robert E. Simmons, and Michael H. Mein.