North Colonie Veterans Memorial
“…Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain…”
– President Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1954
The North Colonie Central School District is proud of its rich tradition of honoring our veterans. Truly humbled by their many sacrifices and service to the ideals of character, commitment and courage, we have honored our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and Merchant Marines at the annual Veterans Day Celebration. The November 2, 2011 groundbreaking dedicated the area as a more lasting tribute, a tribute worthy of the unwavering dedication of our brave service men and women. We are moving forward with the progress on the Memorial, but our timeline has been modified. Please continue to check this web page for further updates.
About the Memorial
In the fall of 2010, Shaker High School art teacher Paul B. Aubin came up with a design plan for the North Colonie Veterans Memorial. Mr. Aubin views the project as “an opportunity to express some of my gratitude for the dedicated soldier.” He and selected students will create a series of panels depicting the history of the United States and the contributions of the brave men and women who have selflessly served our nation. When assembled, these panels will become a sculptural timeline, allowing members of the North Colonie community a means to reflect and honor our veterans, past, present, and future. The memorial will be unveiled in November 2019.
Timeline of Events
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 – Announcement of plans for a district Veterans Memorial
- Fall 2010 – Paul Aubin designs plan for the Memorial
- Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010 – The North Colonie Veterans Memorial illustration is made public.
- Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 – District breaks ground at Shaker High School for the new Veterans Memorial
- Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 – Dedication of wall