Welcome to the Town of Florida Veterans' Park.
Lest we ever forget that our friends and neighbors have given so much of themselves to preserve our way of life as a free nation.
Progress on the Town of Florida Veterans Memorial Park continues at a steady pace through the efforts of the committee and skilled volunteers who share
the vision of a park honoring the service of all veterans. As photos on the website show steel was erected for the shelter building and shortly afterward the
concrete floor was poured having the same rough stone stamping as the outer walkways. By Memorial Day trusses were in place for the roof support and by the end
of the first weekend in June the roof deck was up and protected by water and ice barrier. Final grade markers are now in as we await the crew to form the remaining
concrete walkways, and the most recent group of engraved pavers have been received and installed. Signs produced by the Montgomery County DPW sign shop will soon be
erected to give directions to visitors who may want to visit the park.
Memorial Day eve saw a large public gathering at the park at 7:30 PM to pay respects to all who have served and especially those who have given the last full measure of devotion. We were fortunate to have in attendance Color Guards of the American Legion Post 701, the Polish American Veterans, and the Amsterdam High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC. In addition we were pleased to welcome Mr. Bruce Wadsworth Quartermaster of VFW Post 962 of Fonda and his granddaughter Miss Shelby Wadsworth who is Miss NYS VFW. Bruce spoke about the history of Taps and together with Shelby they sang the first two choruses of Taps. Shelby also assisted with the wreath dedication ceremony along with Mrs. Barbara Cavaliere and Capt. Carolyn Nelson USMC Retired. The attendees were also fortunate to welcome Miss Loreal Lavigna who sang the Star Spangled Banner. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Megan and Shelby LaMont whose mother Town Clerk Kim Lamont assisted in the ceremony by presenting the invocation and benediction. The Memorial Day eve ceremony was especially added to by the sound system and music provided by Tom Foster and the final musical tribute of Taps played by Luciano Loffredo. The committee also wishes to thank Congressman Paul Tonko, Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, and Superintendent of Schools Tom Perillo for attending and speaking to those in attendance. You the public have supported the ceremonies we plan at the park with your attendance. Together we are honoring those who have helped to preserve our gift of freedom.
Memorial Day 2013 Photos
Pavillion July 2013 Photos