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Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett
Shannon stands with the statue near the memorial in Alexandria Bay. Photo: Shannon D. Bartlett

Indian River student pays tribute to fallen veterans

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As we all celebrate Memorial Day, we think about the sacrifices made by our troops. One young woman from Alexandria Bay was touched personally by the effects of war. Our news intern Josh Cameron reports on how she decided to pay tribute to fallen veterans.

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Joshua Cameron
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Shannon Bartlett is a 17 year old junior at Indian River High School. Shannon’s cousin Private first class Jack T. Sweet was killed while on duty in Iraq in 2008. His vehicle was the target of a bombing attack. Jack grew up in Alexandria Bay, with Shannon. He was only 19 years old at the time of his death. In honor of her cousin, Shannon came up with the idea of making a statue to remember him, and all other veterans.

The statue cost $5,000 dollars, but with the help of American Legion Post 904, located in Alexandria Bay, Shannon held bake sales at their weekly fish fries. Shannon raised $9,000 dollars, so she donated the rest of the money to spruce up an area in front of the American Legion. Commander Richard L. Drake says he’s very impressed with what Shannon has accomplished.

"It all worked out very well for both her goal and our goal in the legion because the monument is going to be there for… how long… hundreds of years? She thought that it would be appropriate to have something like that down in front of the legion because the American Legion is all about the Veterans to the community and the people who have fought to save our freedom," says Drake. 

The dedication ceremony for the monument was on May 11th. Today, the American Legion is hosting their annual Memorial Day parade starting at 11:00am. One of their stops will be at the new statue.

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