ASSEMBLYMAN SCHMITT ANNOUNCES PRESERVATION AND CLEANING OF SALISBURY MILLS SOLDIERS’ MONUMENT
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I-Reform) is pleased to announce that he recently facilitated a project and partnership between members of the Quassaick Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Salisbury Mills Fire Department to preserve and clean the Salisbury Mills Soldiers’ Monument at the corner of Clove and Orrs Mills roads.
The elaborate nineteen-foot granite and bronze topped monument was designed and donated to honor the memory of the soldiers of the town who served in the Orange County regiments during the War of 1812 and for the Twelfth New York volunteers during the Civil War. It was dedicated during a large and well-attended patriotic ceremony on June 10th, 1891.The monument was in sad condition with decades of grime and biological growth.
Several months ago a constituent reached out in regards to the condition of the monument. Assemblyman Schmitt enlisted the help of American Legion Post 1796 to fix flag poles, pull weeds and complete other repair work. The monument itself was still in need of expert preservation and cleaning so Assemblyman Schmitt facilitated a project to clean and preserve it by reaching out to local members of the community including the village historian Linda Standish, Jill Moore from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Salisbury Mills Fire Department Chief. Over the weekend a group of volunteers put on gloves and braved ladders to scrub the monument from the top to bottom using the same biological cleanser used at Arlington National Cemetery and the White House.
Volunteers will complete the process in the spring, followed by a planned rededication ceremony.
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt stated, “The condition of the Salisbury Mills Soldiers’ Monument warranted preservation and cleaning. These monuments and war memorials provide a rich source of history in our communities and it is so important that we maintain and preserve them. I’d like to thank the members of the NSDAR and the Salisbury Mills Fire Department for making this project successful. The preservation and cleaning of the Salisbury Mills Soldiers’ Monument ensures that future generations in the community can remember and honor those that sacrificed for our freedoms.”
Jill Moore, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, stated, “I’d like to commend Assemblyman Schmitt for his passion to the community and efforts to preserve our history. The members of the Quassiack Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution are grateful to Assemblyman Schmitt for involving us on this project. We are happy to help in anyway possible and look forward to continuing this partnership with future projects!”
Robbie O’Keeffe, Chief, Salisbury Mills Fire Department, stated, “The Salisbury Mills Fire Department was happy to partner with members of the NSDAR in Assemblyman Colin Schmitt’s project to revitalize the Salisbury Mills Soldiers’ Monument. We are proud to have worked together to clean and preserve this historic site in our community for all local residents and visitors to enjoy. Thank you to Assemblyman Colin Schmitt for all of his continued community efforts!”
Colin Schmitt is committed to public service. Colin is a member of the U.S. Army National Guard and Assemblyman for the 99th NYS Assembly District which includes the Town of Stony Point in Rockland County and The Towns of Wawayanda, Goshen, Hamptonburgh, Chester, Blooming Grove, New Windsor, Cornwall, Highlands and Woodbury in Orange County. Colin lives in the Town of New Windsor with his wife Nikki and their beloved adopted Catahoula puppy Quincy!