PLEASE ACCEPT A HEARTY ADIRONDACK “WELCOME” TO THE BOLTON VETERANS' MEMORIAL
In the late teens and early 1920s, after World War I, two members (Robert Whitcomb, Reverend Ernest M. Stires) of the Town of Bolton, established in 1799, became quite involved in the establishment of a suitable monument honoring all of the Bolton Men who went across the North Atlantic to France and Germany, where they joined with other forces fighting Germany. Three made the supreme sacrifice: Vinton Roger Wells, Allen Mills Seaman, and George James Beers. Concerned and involved local citizens located a sculptor and a foundry, and hired both to make a sand-casting bronze statue of a WW I Fighting man in the “over the top” position used in Europe at those terrible times of trench warfare. The Baptist Church, just a few feet west of the present memorial site, sold the land used for the site to the Town of Bolton for the princely sum of one dollar.
The memorial site remained the way it was in 1921 until the late 1990s, when work was started to add another bronze-work, this one a sand casting of a WW II fighting man, who was placed in front of some gigantic granite walls, where skin-frosted engravings show the names of 869 names of Bolton Veterans who have gone to war since the Town was initially occupied in the 1750s. 57 more names were added in 2004 when they became available. The statue of the “Doughboy”, the WWI fighter, was moved from the front of the site to the north corner, for better viewing from Main Street. Numerous other additions were made to the site.
By studying the records which were unfolded in the research to engrave names on the granite walls, the Veterans on the Committee to substantially renovate the original WWI site found that at least one person from the Town of Bolton went to war in every major conflict the United States has ever been in. That is quite something for a small Adirondack town.
Substantially more history of this small but powerful Military Memorial site can be found on the History page of this web site. We on the Bolton Veterans’ Memorial Committee invite you to make the rounds of the complete Memorial site presented on this interactive web site, and then visit the Town of Bolton in upstate New York, on the west shore of Lake George, and walk slowly through the site, looking at all of the individual bronze-works, and the names of 926 fighting people, both men and women, who “went to war”, and reflect on the efforts all made to keep America free. We owe all of them an enormous “Thank-you”.
If you know of a Bolton Veteran, whose name is not already on one of the granite walls here at the Bolton Veterans' Memoril, please use the link that follows to lead you to the official application for placement of his or her name. Application for Placement
Thank you for your interest in the Bolton Veterans' Memorial. See you soon in Bolton.