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St. Regis Falls raising funds for veteran’s park


ST. REGIS FALLS - As part of an effort to raise money for construction of a veteran’s memorial park in St. Regis Falls, the American Legion Post 322 is selling raffle tickets to help raise the remainder of the park’s $40,000 tab.

Post 322 Commander Dan Rondeau said 300 tickets are going for $100 each, and the top prize is $10,000. A second place winner will receive $2,000 and 15 third place winners will take home $200, according to Rondeau.

“This is our first big step,” Mr. Rondeau said. “If we sell all 300 tickets, we make $15,000 for the park.”

So far, Rondeau said, the Legion has sold about 130.

“We will pay out that prize money,” Post 322 Sgt.-At-Arms Terry Fitzgerald said.

To go with the Sept. 15 drawing, the Legion is hosting a party the same night that community is invited to attend.

“We want everyone to partake,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.

He said the event will include a meal, a few age-appropriate drinks, a band, and dancing.

Also to raise money to build the park, the Legion is selling memorial bricks for $40 each, which are inscribed with the name, rank, branch, and dates of service for any veteran.

“They [veterans] don’t just have to be from St. Regis Falls,” Mr. Rondeau said.

The park will be set up with a military apparatus centerpiece, possibly a cannon or Howitzer tank. Surrounding the centerpiece will be a circular walkway containing the bricks in honor of veterans. There will be two walkways leading up to the centerpiece and may be used to recognize those who donated money to the park.

Mr. Rondeau said the military gets the final say in the centerpiece – they donate what they can when it becomes available. He said they can make a request for a particular type of hardware.

Within the circular walkway will be five monuments, each dedicated to one of the five armed services - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Three St. Regis Falls girl scouts are working separately on the monuments, individually paying for and erecting them.

Benches will be donated by individuals and placed around the walkway. There will be a back retaining wall displaying plaques of those killed in action. A parking lot will go behind the retaining wall.

Fitzgerald said construction is about to enter phase one in about a month when the retaining wall will be erected.

Anyone interested in purchasing a raffle ticket or a memorial brick can contact Mr.Rondeau at (518)-856-9610. They will deliver tickets, Mr. Rondeau said.

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