Legion, town progress on Veterans Memorial

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Work is underway at Niskayuna's Veterans Memorial. The town hopes to complete the memorial by Veterans Day.Photo provided Work is underway at Niskayuna's Veterans Memorial. The town hopes to complete the memorial by Veterans Day.

By Kristin Schultz

Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA —Work has commenced on Niskayuna’s Veterans Memorial in front of Town Hall. The 1,500 square-foot memorial will honor veterans from all branches of the military and all wars.

The project is a joint effort between the town and American Legion Post 1092. The legion post raised funds, and other contributions came from businesses, residents and fundraisers. In total $30,000 has been raised.

In addition to cash, labor and service donations are helping to make the project a reality. Ausfelt & Waldruff Land Surveyors and M.J. Engineering have donated site-related services. LT’s Grill donated food and beverages for a fundraising event.

When complete, there will be a plaza lined with a knee-high wall, three flagpoles, a memorial stone and landscaping. The ground will be covered in personalized pavers that residents can purchase and the town will inscribe custom memorials.

To date, more than 200 brick pavers have been purchased, but there is room for hundreds more. The pavers already purchased will be installed and blank bricks will fill in the rest of the space. The filler bricks are specially made to be removable so that the custom bricks can be installed anytime.

The town’s Highway Department is doing construction on the memorial and hopes to have it completed by the end of October and in time for Veterans Day ceremonies.

Brick pavers are available for purchase and inscription. A 4-by-8-inch stone is available for $50 and an 8-by-8-inch paver is available for $90. Pavers can be purchased at Town Hall.

For more information, call David Fronk at (518)386-4516.