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Adopt a Soldier - Veterans’ Memorial Restoration Project at Historic St. Mary’s, Troy



Announcing the kickoff of Adopt a Soldier - Veterans’ Memorial Restoration Project at Historic St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy, New York

Historian Kelly Grimaldi and Albany Diocesan Cemeteries are introducing a restoration program this year in historic St. Mary’s Cemetery (79 Brunswick, Rd. Troy 12180) to clean and restore veteran gravestones and markers, assuring that our veterans are buried in properly marked graves. A survey revealed over 130 veteran grave memorials and markers in need of cleaning and restoration. Founded in 1844, there are soldiers in St. Mary's Cemetery that served during the Civil War, the Vietnam War and even more recent conflicts. Many of the older gravestones have deteriorated over time because of the elements. This year we would like to reverse that as best we can by cleaning the veteran gravestones - making them legible again and resetting as many fallen gravestones as possible.

“Our goal for the Adopt a Soldier Veteran Restoration Project is to clean, reset and level as many markers and monuments as we can before the winter weather hits.” -Kelly Grimaldi, Historian for Albany Diocesan Cemeteries
The community is invited to Adopt a Soldier:
• $50 will Sponsor a Veterans Gravestone Cleaning

• $125 will Sponsor a Veterans Gravestone Cleaning and Reset, restoring the veteran’s gravestone to as close to the original state as possible - helping preserve it for generations.
If you wish, you can choose a specific soldier from the Adopt A Veteran list of over 130 soldiers in St. Mary's. The list provides (if legible) the veteran's name; current photo of the marker or monument; US state; branch, rank, unit; what war they fought in; and their date of birth and death.

Interested in sponsoring restoration of a monument or marker within another of our 19 cemeteries? Call us and we will add it to our restoration work!

With your sponsorship, you can also choose to Adopt A Soldier in memory of a loved one, and/or publish your name, company or organization name, or “in memory of” adoption information on the published Adopt A Soldier list.

“We’re very disappointed this year, due to the pandemic, we are unable to offer our popular volunteer workshops where people learn proper cleaning and repair techniques and assist in a restoration project. It’s a fun way to connect with other community members. Our “Adopt a Soldier” project is a safe way for people to be part of cemetery restoration in a different, but still meaningful manner.” - Kelly Grimaldi, Historian for Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

This project is a grassroots effort to ensure every veteran buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery is properly memorialized. Albany Diocesan Cemeteries takes our commitment to uphold and honor our veterans service to heart and hold true to that promise by doing what we can to restore as many of the memorials of these long-deceased veterans as possible.

Those who are interested in Adopting a Soldier or donating to the project can download a sponsorship form from the ADC website https://blog.capitaldistrictcemeteries.org/st-marys-veteran-restoration…, or contact Kelly, [email protected] or 518-350-7679.

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