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Monument honoring Revolutionary War vets will be dedicated in Ogdensburg’s Groulx Park

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OGDENSBURG — A monument honoring St. Lawrence County patriots will be dedicated at the Veterans Day ceremony this year.

The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Groulx Park, Ford Street and Proctor Avenue.

The monument, dedicated by the Swe-kat-si Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, honors Revolutionary War patriots.

“The park was originally made for Mr. Groulx, who died in World War I,” said Sally W. Hartman, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

“The park is now full of dedications to many different wars. The chapter got together and thought we should have a monument to honor our patriots — those who helped America win the war against Great Britain,” she said.

The monument, a two-year project paid for by public funding and donations, was placed in the park during the summer.

The dedication will feature Robin M. Duncan and Christian Remick of Long Rapids Fife & Drum Corps, John M. Miller III and Joel Bixby of the Northern New York Sons of the American Revolution, Mrs. Hartman and project Chairwoman Jennifer B. Bixby.

Amvets Post 19 will be organizing the ceremony this year.

“Veterans Day is always held on the 11th day of the 11th month, with festivities starting at the 11th hour,” Amvets Post 19 Commander Robert G. Flavin said.

Several veterans organizations will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony, Mr. Flavin said.

A wreath will be placed on the new plaque honoring Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Sovie, who died in a training exercise Feb. 17, 2006, when a U.S. helicopter crashed into his CH-53 helicopter during a training flight in the Gulf of Aden near northern Djibouti.

The public is invited to attend. Invitations have been sent to Mayor William D. Nelson, City Council members and City Manager John M. Pinkerton, Mr. Flavin said.

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