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Veterans memorial committee looks to add Iraq, Afghan vets to Shotwell Park

The Shotwell Park Veterans Memorial has plaques to honor veterans from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam. Behind the wall on the left, the trees currently there would be removed for the new Iraq/Afghan veterans plaque.

The Shotwell Park Veterans Memorial has plaques to honor veterans from the Revolutionary War to Vietnam. Behind the wall on the left, the trees currently there would be removed for the new Iraq/Afghan veterans plaque. Christopher J. McAuliffe

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A computer-generated mock-up of the proposed new memorial wall.

— The Veterans Memorial Committee of Skaneateles is hoping to add a new wall that honors Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, active military members and reservists to the Shotwell Park Veterans Memorial, the village board of trustees was informed at its May 10 meeting.

The wall would look the same as the walls currently in the park, hold about 70 names and take at least two-and-a-half years to get done, said Kurt Riley, committee chair and commander of the Skaneateles American Legion, during a presentation of the idea to the board.

“What we’d like to ask is everybody’s help,” Riley said.

The Shotwell Park veterans memorial currently has plaques honoring veterans from nearly every American conflict from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam. A plaque to honor War of 1812 veterans has just been completed and will be installed under the Spanish American War plaque before Memorial Day; and a new name was recently added to the Vietnam plaque.

The Veterans Memorial Committee, which is made up of Riley, Bob Green, Charles Major, Beth Batlle and Bob Hermann, have been considering the addition of a new plaque for Iraq and Afghan veterans and active service personnel within the memorial, but could not find a decent place for it, Riley said. Instead, they propose to erect a new wall on the south (lake) side of the memorial.

The new wall would have an identical look to the current aesthetic of the memorial, Riley said. It would be made of Central New York limestone, 12 feet long with two wings coming off the sides. The wall would be four feet high in the center and, after a step down, two feet high on the wings, and would not obstruct the view of the lake. The veterans plaque would be placed in the center of the wall.

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