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Malta to dedicate Veterans Memorial Walkway

MALTA – Veterans, officials and members of the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, to dedicate the Veterans Memorial Walkway, the first step in a new fundraiser that will assist local veterans “one brick at a time.”

The first installation of the new brick memorial pathway at Malta Town Hall will be unveiled in front of Congressman Paul Tonko, Sen. James Tedisco, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Gold Star Mother Chaplain Charlene Robbins and Guest Speaker Lt. Col. David Panzera of the 109th Airwing out of Scotia. Veterans and their families will also be present during the unveiling ceremony.

The park also includes a memorial stone and a piece of the World Trade Center towers. More than 110 engraved memorial bricks honoring area veterans are already included in the patio. The overall plan for the memorial park was designed by Lansing Engineering.

Volunteers, area business owners and veterans united to create a place for veterans, survivors, family members and people in the community to be able to come to honor those who gave so selflessly for our freedom.  People came together “to be part of creating history with this beautiful site and dedication to what is planned to be something bigger and greater,” Supervisor Vince Delucia said.

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Renee Farley of the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program (MVAP) said this will be an “ongoing fundraiser,” providing an income stream to help provide the necessary funds to assist “Local Hometown Heroes” with ramps, bathroom renovations or anything else that is necessary to make their lives easier.

Volunteers are desperately needed and are encouraged to contact MVAP to see how they can assist.

Memorial bricks can be purchased for future installation online. Visitors may click the “Brick ” tab; email [email protected] or call 518-577-8863.

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