It's been a long road for the Amsterdam Veteran's Commission to bring an important project to life. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the new veterans memorial has finally arrived in the city.
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- The Amsterdam Veteran's Commission Chairman William Liberis said, "This monument is dedicated to all the veterans that served from the City of Amsterdam."
The cameras were out at Veteran's Field Monday, as members welcomed their new memorial.
"I don't know what to say, I'm just overwhelmed," Dave Gomula said.
Liberis said, "It's great. We've been waiting a long time for this."
More than four years to be exact. Liberis tells us that's because the commission had to raise more than $15,000 to bring the project to life.
"We started this with a bottle drive and after that, we went to a spaghetti supper."
Gomula said, "I don't want to think about it too much because I get too emotional. It's just a labor of love."
The massive structure will serve as both a tribute for local veterans, as well as an educational tool for the city. A combination, that members tell us, sticks like glue.
"It's not your typical monument with names. There’s an American eagle on the top and a code of conduct and the oath of office we take as veterans," said Liberis.
Fifth Ward Alderman Richard Leggiero said, "It will instill a little bit of patriotism on what it's all about, being a veteran."
And you can be a part of the memorial too, by picking up a registration form at City Hall to purchase a paver block.
"There are 13 lines. You can put in your service, your name, if you were in the war, the dates," Liberis said.
The group will bring the community together early next month for a formal unveiling.