As What’sUpNewp first reported in January, Operation Stand Down’s (OSDRI) Boots On The Ground for Heroes Memorial is moving from Roger Williams Park to Fort Adams State Park in 2019.

Organizers gathered at Fort Adams earlier today to officially make the announcement that the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial will relocate from Roger Williams Park to Fort Adams State Park this Memorial Day weekend. OSDRI also announced plans for the Gold Star Gala to be held at Fort Adams on May 24th at 6:30 p.m.

The 29 Boots set up at the press conference represent the Rhode Island fallen will be set up during the announcement.

Operation Stand Down RI launched the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial in 2015. The memorial presents almost 7,000 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. For the past three years the memorial has been held at Roger Williams Park in Providence.

For more information, visit www.osdri.org.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).