FORT DRUM Post officials say its Military Mountaineer statue will be out of commission for about a week after it was knocked from its base by high winds overnight.
The statue fell just before midnight Wednesday when winds tore loose a tent that was set up for a Veterans Day ceremony, and it was blown into the statue.
The statue landed in a pile of mulch that softened its fall and prevented damage.
The news got to Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division commander, Thursday morning, when he turned on his phone to check his email.
I saw the headline on the email ... my heart stopped for just a moment, he said following the Veterans Day ceremony on post Thursday morning.
He said he was relieved when he saw the statue, in one piece, as it was being loaded onto a truck.
Gen. Townsend called the statue an icon of this division and post.
James W. Corriveau, the posts director of public works, said in a news release that the statue will return to its spot in about a week.
The Military Mountaineer monument, created by Boulder, Colo., sculptor Susan Grant Raymond, was unveiled in 1991.