Local elected officials and veterans gathered in Eisenhower Park on May 28 to unveil a newly constructed pair of monuments that are dedicated to the veterans of Operation Desert Storm and the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. The new monuments were paid for by donations and funding from Capitol Funds projects. Legislator Michael Giangregorio, County Executive Bruce Blakeman, State Senator Steve Rhoads, and Veterans Service agency head Ralph Esposito came together with a group of veterans to officially dedicate the new monuments.
“For too long, our veterans from the Desert Storm Offensive, the Iraqi Freedom Operation and the Afghanistan Enduring Freedom Operation have gone unheralded with their own monuments,” Giangregorio said. “I am happy to dedicate these monuments for all our veterans who fought in these conflicts and for those that made the ultimate sacrifice. These veterans helped promote democracy and freedom throughout the world and deserve our thanks.”