In Early November of this year, the ribbon was cut on the very first memorial to ever pay tribute to the American Servicemen and Servicewomen of Dominican heritage who fought so selflessly in World War II. As part of its on call contract with the City University of New York, Saratoga Associates was given the role of designing a special space on the Bronx Community College Campus, to commemorate and recognize the sacrifices and contributions of the WWII Dominican Veterans.
A significant portion of the adjoining community and of the student body attending the Bronx Community College, are of Dominican heritage, which was a key driver for this project. City Councilman Fernando Cabrera provided a grant to the College with the specific goal of creating the Memorial on campus to be dedicated to these Dominican WWII veterans.
The granite monument, listing over 300 names of the Dominican WWII veterans, is the focal point of the space dedicated to this Memorial. Centered in the middle of a curved seat wall, the new uplit space is lined with fresh decorative pavement and the back of the seat wall is framed by beautiful Zelkova trees. The space also incorporated specially designed curved benches on either side of the Memorial for comfort stops and to take time to read through the names of those honored veterans. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by many of the relatives of the Veterans listed on the Monument, taking such a special day to honor and remember their loved ones.