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Memorial Day Weekend – Boots on the Ground, Fort Adams, Newport – STARTS TODAY

Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial Returns to Fort Adams with Operation Stand Down RI

Operation Stand Down RI is excited for the return of the full display of Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial on Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30). Volunteers converged at Fort Adams State Park on 24 May 2022 to set up the Memorial. On Friday, May 27th, starting at 8 a.m. the Memorial opened to the public. The Memorial will be opened from May 27, 28, and 29 from 8 am to 8 p.m. and on Memorial Day, May 30 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a special ceremony for Rhode Island’s Gold Star Families to place the boots representing their fallen loved one’s at 6:30 p.m. on May 27th. 

In addition to the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial the event will also feature the Invisible Scars of War Monument. This monument recognizes the pain and sacrifices of those Service Members who have succumbed to the invisible scars of war such as depression and PTSD and ultimately committed suicide. This monument is the first of its kind in R.I. and it helps recognize the other effects of war.

The Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial was launched by OSDRI in 2015. The memorial depicts 7,026 boots adorned with flags and name placards representing the lives of the of the U.S. service members killed in action post 9-11 in the Global War on Terror. The exhibition has been seen by thousands of visitors since its inception in 2015. Every fallen service member is included in the memorial; service members are alphabetized by state allowing individuals to locate loved ones at the memorial. The Memorial continues to grow each year the war continues. In 2021, the 13 boots of the U.S. Service Members killed during with withdrawal from Afghanistan were added.

The first three years the Memorial was displayed at Roger Williams Park in Providence. In 2019, the memorial relocated to its new home inside Fort Adams State Park in Newport. 

“Each year this Memorial stands proud honoring our fallen and reminding the public about the true cost of freedom. It also serves as a place for those who knew and loved the individuals depicted in the boots to come spend time with them, heal, and remember their loved one” said Dee DeQuattro, Founder of the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial.

BOTGH List of events:

24 May 0900- 1400- Boot set up at Fort Adams State Park, Newport RI Contact: Dee DeQuattro

28 May 1700- Patriotic Concert with 88th Army Band Contact: Dee DeQuattro, 401.500.6031

27 May 1830- Gold Star Family Ceremony, placing of the Rhode Island Boots and Roll Call Contact: Dee DeQuattro, 401.500.6031

About Operation Stand Down Rhode Island


Operation Stand Down Rhode Island (OSDRI) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and Rhode Island’s primary nonprofit resource for homeless and at-risk veterans. Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Johnston, OSDRI’s mission is to help veterans secure stable housing, employment, basic human needs, legal and benefit assistance. OSDRI offers an array of services for veterans including a food pantry program, pro bono legal services, rental assistance, and a robust employment program. In addition, OSDRI has 88 units of housing for veterans spanning across the state from Woonsocket to Westerly. On average 2,000 veterans a year benefit from OSDRI’s services.