Fort Drum’s new Fallen Warrior Monument will be unveiled Tuesday at the post’s Memorial Park. A project that has been a year in the making will finally be unveiled at 10 a.m. Tuesday during a dedication ceremony in Memorial Park. The event will be open to the Fort Drum community.
The Fallen Warrior Monument, which was designed by Susan Grant Raymond, is a gift from the entire Fort Drum Civilian workforce to honor the service and sacrifice of 10th Mountain Division (LI) Soldiers. Raymond sculpted the Military Mountaineers Monument, also located in Memorial Park, in 1991.
The monument was designed to represent two themes – honoring the fallen warriors of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) and hope for the future. Soldiers honoring and grieving over the loss of a fallen comrade will stand in the center, and a child and two Soldiers on patrol will be positioned off to the side.
The memorial was paid for with funds the garrison workforce earned from the 2011 Army Communities of Excellence competition.
The ACOE program recognizes excellence in installation management across the Army.
“The Civilian workforce’s desire to commit the ACOE silver award money toward constructing a Fallen Warrior Memorial is a true testament to your professionalism, your excellence and your commitment to our warriors,” said Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, Fort Drum garrison commander, during the monument ground-breaking ceremony last year. “I believe it’s an act that truly embodies the Army values and clearly sets this workforce apart from all other garrison workforces.”
Raymond, who was named an honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) after completing the Military Mountaineer Monument, lives in Boulder, Colo. Her father worked for Griswold Ski Company – the business that supplied skis to 10th Mountain Division Soldiers stationed at Camp Hale, Colo., during World War II.