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Port Chester's Richard Cuddy Raises Money To Honor War Dead

Port Chester resident Richard Cuddy has launched a campaign to raise money to restore the veterans' memorial plaques that once hung in Lyon Park.
Port Chester resident Richard Cuddy has launched a campaign to raise money to restore the veterans' memorial plaques that once hung in Lyon Park. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester resident Richard Cuddy is working to raise money to replace plaques at Lyon Park that memorialized those who lost their lives in the service of their country.

More than 100 plaques used to hang on the trees in the park, each one bearing the name of a local service mem who died in battle. Over the years many were stolen or misplaced. Cuddy, a lifelong resident of Port Chester whose father died in World War II, launched his campaign in 2012 to raise money to restore the missing plaques and refurbish the remaining ones with an acrylic finish. He and the village are now turning to residents for help to raise the money to complete the project.

The plaques will be placed together in a location between the Bush-Lyon Homestead and the Vietnam Memorial in Lyon Park. They will be embedded in blocks of concrete and bolted in place. The plans for the site also include a new bench, a brick walkway and a new flagpole with flags for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

In an effort to raise money for the project, Cuddy and the village are selling Memorial Bricks that will be included on the site. Each brick will be personalized with a name. The memorials are not limited to fallen warriors, but are open to anyone the donor wishes to remember. The bricks cost $100 and an order form can be downloaded here .

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