Today, marks the fourteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 people and thrust our great nation into war. As we take a moment to remember that day and those victims, we must also take a moment to remember the Fallen Heroes who died defending our nation in combat following that fateful day.
In honor of those Fallen Heroes killed post 9/11 Operation Stand Down RI is announcing its upcoming “Boots on The Ground For Heroes Memorial” where a boot with a name placard for each individual killed in action will be placed on the ground of Roger Williams Park (near the Temple to Music) in Providence on Memorial Day Weekend of 2016. On Saturday, May 28th at 11 a.m. a formal memorial service will be held with keynote speaker retired Sergeant Major Todd Parisi.
The memorial will involve approximately 6,844 boots marking each of the lives lost in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.
In order to put this memorial together, OSDRI is currently seeking donations of military desert style boots. Those interested in donating boots are asked to mail them to or drop them off to any OSDRI office between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island has four office locations throughout the state:
1010 Hartford Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919
790 Providence Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Newport, RI 02840
54 Pierce Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Boots on the Ground Honorary Committee:
Governor Gina Raimondo
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Representative Jim Langevin
Providence Jorge Elorza
Michael Sabitoni, President of Build RI
Nick, Ron, & Pete Cardi, Cardi’s Furniture
Michael McKelvy, President of Gilbane Building Company