Under the guidance of Peter Parente, president of The United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association of New Rochelle, the association has received permission from the City Council to install a Vietnam War Memorial in front of City Hall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war, and to honor all those who served from New Rochelle.
The Memorial is being donated to the City by the UVMPA and paid for through the generous donations of residents, businesses and veterans.
The UVMPA helps maintain other War Memorials all over the city and has been lobbying our local government to respect, maintain & re purpose our beloved Armory on Main Street. The UVMPA has also played a crucial role in lobbying for veterans to receive the maximum real estate tax credits allowed by law on their homes. City, County and School property taxes are now eligible for 100% of the veteran tax exemption.
In announcing this latest project, Parente stated that while it is appropriate to erect plaques listing war KIA names, the national 50th anniversary commemoration provides an opportunity to honor all those who sacrificed and served our nation from 1959-1975.
New Rochelle has had thousands serve during this time and several dozen whom have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial will be gifted to the citizens and government of our city.
Parente went on that since funding is by voluntary donation, we are asking for a contribution to help defray the cost of the Memorial.
Many of the vendors and craftsmen needed to create, construct and erect this Memorial are working at cost or no cost.
Parente stated that he hopes to unveil it on Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29, 2017 but donations are needed now to insure the timing is met. Donations are tax deductible under IRS Code, Section 501c3
Donations may be sent to the following address: United Veterans Memorial & Patriotic Association, c/o Peter Parente, 95 Brookside Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801