Tomb of Unknown Soldier Never Forget Garden dedicated in Belmont

Deborah Snyder, center left, of the Catherine Schuyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, speaks this morning at the dedication of Allegany County’s first Tomb of the Unknown Solider Never Forget Garden, as Kimberly Conroy, treasurer and honorary regent of the chapter and originator of the garden concept, along with members of the Belmont American Legion Post 808 look on.

Allegany County‘s first Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Never Forget Garden was dedicated this morning in Belmont during one of several community American Legion Post 808 Memorial Day ceremonies at various sites.

The new memorial, located at Legion Park at the State Route 19 Bridge, is part of a “nationwide invitation to all Americans and freedom-loving people to all plant never forget gardens as a visual way to represent Americans’ unwavering commitment to our sacred duty to recognize, remember and honor our veterans and their families now and for many years to come,” according to Deborah Snyder, regent of the Catherine Schuyler Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, which spearheaded the development effort.

Kimberly Conroy, treasurer and honorary regent of the DAR chapter, who developed the idea locally following the November 2021 Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C., said that “every flower, plant, or tree (at the Belmont site) is a symbol of love and act of unity …. to never, ever forget or forsake our veterans or the principles that define us as Americans.”

Additional design components are expected to be added to the memorial site in the months ahead, according to garden development leaders.

Genesee Valley Central School Band leads parade units today through rows of state flags on both sides of the State Route 19 Bridge at Belmont during Memorial Day activities.