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  • Latest Fallen Stars Memorial Mural unveiled

  • The members of the Fallen Stars Memorial Committee on Tuesday night unveiled the latest Fallen Stars Memorial Mural to fans of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs.

    The mural, which memorializes the 291 men and women from New York state who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, was displayed at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls.

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  • The members of the Fallen Stars Memorial Committee on Tuesday night unveiled the latest Fallen Stars Memorial Mural to fans of the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs.
    The mural, which memorializes the 291 men and women from New York state who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, was displayed at the entrance to Veterans Memorial Park in Little Falls.
    Committee member Ray Lenarcic said the mural — the committee’s third — depicts the heroes’ faces, ranks, branches of service and hometowns. Committee member Kelly Brown added unlike the previous murals which listed the fallen alphabetically, the new mural lists them chronologically.
    “Listing the fallen heroes chronologically rather than alphabetically should make it easier for the committee to keep the mural up-to-date, which is sad to say and think about,” said Lenarcic. “This latest mural also has room for additional Fallen Stars to be added to it, which is also unfortunate.”
    Lenarcic added the committee is in the process of developing and printing a pamphlet to accompany the mural to give onlookers the ability to locate a specific Fallen Star.
    “It will list the Fallen Stars by row number and will provide some information about them,” he said. “The pamphlet is meant to serve as an index for the mural and will only add to the experience.”
    In addition to the memorial mural, the committee continues to encourage the development of projects to improve the quality of life for communities in the memories of the fallen. To date over 400 projects have been completed, including the Cpl. Michael Mayne Cookie Corps, the annual bicycle rodeo in memory of Sgt. Michael Uvanni and the Frankfort Kiwanis Club’s Sgt. Shawn Martin Memorial Golf Tournament, said Lenarcic. Tuesday night’s unveiling of the mural was in memory of Army Major Paul C. Voelke, 36, of Monroe, who was killed in action on June 22 in Afghanistan.
    The committee also encourages everyone to write their congressman to demand better treatment for the wounded and to thank a veteran for their service and sacrifice each and every day.
    The first Fallen Stars Memorial Mural was introduced on Memorial Day 2008. The mural is on permanent display at Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post No. 25 in Mohawk, said Lenarcic, while the second will be displayed when the committee receives conflicting requests.
    Anyone interested in displaying the mural may contact Brown at 867-3375.
    In addition to Brown and Lenarcic, committee members include Rich Monohan, Elmer Heston, Ron Schoonmaker, Paul Scanlon, Larre Harris, Dan Ferguson, Greg Riddle and Devin MacDonald.
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