Fundraiser for Albany’s Gold Star Family monument

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Source: Tri-County Council Vietnam Era 

WATERVLIET (Dec. 2, 2016) – The Albany County Legislature is pleased to announce its support of a fundraiser for a Gold Star Family Memorial monument that will be dedicated in the City of Albany on April 29, 2017.

Charlie Diamond of Watervliet organized a Dec. 11 dinner/reception at the Watervliet Elks Lodge to raise funds for the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Committee and its new monument at Lafayette Park, located next to the State Capitol in Albany.

The event is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are $20 for dinner, drinks, live music and more. There will be raffle prizes.

The Gold Star Family Memorial monument will honor the relatives of military service members who were killed while defending our nation. The Gold Star Family Monument Committee recently placed a deposit down on a chunk of stone that will serve as the monument. The carved, nameless stone will face Washington Avenue, said Carrie Farley of Nassau, Rensselaer County, the mother of Army Staff Sgt. Derek Farley, 24, who was killed Aug. 17, 2010, trying to defuse a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Carrie Farley is president of the Department of New York American Gold Star Mothers and started the drive for the memorial in Albany in her role as secretary of the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Committee.

“We’re doing very well with fundraising, and have been able now to put a down payment on the stone for the monument,” Farley said Friday. She’s received important assistance from the Tri-county Council Vietnam Era Veterans, citizens such as Diamond and others.

The Albany County Legislature will announce its support for the monument at the Dec. 11 fundraiser in Watervliet.“I am very grateful to the Albany County Legislature for their generous support,” Diamond said. Legislator Robert Beston, who represents Watervliet, is expecting a big crowd.

Albany County Legislature Chairman Sean Ward said he was proud to be part of a project that honors families who sacrificed so much so we can enjoy the freedoms we do.

“We should never forget the men and women who put on the uniform and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Majority Leader Frank Commisso said. “We should also remember their families.”

You can mail contributions to: The Gold Star Families Memorial Fund, c/o the Tri-County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, P.O. Box 11100, Albany, NY 12211.

The Legislature’s support of the Gold Star project is a bipartisan effort.

“Our donation to the Gold Star Family’s monument is a small gesture of our great gratitude to the mothers of the men and women who volunteer to serve our country in the Armed Forces,” Minority Leader Frank Mauriello said.

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