Operation Stand Down Rhode Island would like to welcome back our Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial.
Join us at the second annual “Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial” slated for Memorial Day weekend at Roger Williams Park by the Temple to Music. Last year, thousands came to the park to view this tribute to our fallen heroes. 6,844 military boots were placed in the park representing our U.S. Servicemen and women who gave their lives defending our nation’s freedom in the Global War on Terror.
This year in lieu of a formal speaking program, we will be hosting a free Patriotic Concert in the Park on Sunday, May 28th at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Governor’s Own 88th Army National Guard Band.
We hope that you will join us at this event and celebrate the lives and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.
We are indeed still looking for volunteers to help with the Boots on the Ground Memorial set up. We will need a group of volunteers on Tuesday May 23rd to meet at our Milton Location- 22 Milton Street in Johnston. About 10 people will be need to load boots into vans starting at 11am.
Wednesday & Thursday May 24th & 25th starting at 8:30am – 5 /5:30pm. Set up is at Roger Williams Park- by the Temple to Music. Set up will include: Laying out boots, stuffing boots with bags to maintain an upright position, placing down the state flags, and then attaching name placards to the boots. Friday May 26th starting at 8:00 we will be finishing stuffing the boots, and placing an American Flag in each boot.
Tuesday May 30th will be break down- starting at 8:00 in which we will also need volunteers to help pick up flags, roll the flags, unclip name chains, pick up name placards, help pick up the park, and other miscellaneous duties.
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island has four office locations throughout the state:
1010 Hartford Ave.
Johnston, RI 02919
790 Providence Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Newport, RI 02840
54 Pierce Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Boots on the Ground Honorary Committee:
Governor Gina Raimondo
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Representative Jim Langevin
Providence Jorge Elorza
Michael Sabitoni, President of Build RI
Nick, Ron, & Pete Cardi, Cardi’s Furniture
Michael McKelvy, President of Gilbane Building Company