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This Weekend: The Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial

Boots on the Ground memorial

Photo: Operation Stand Down RI

The Boots on the Ground Memorial returns to Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Friday May 26-Monday May 29. The memorial, in its eight year, was conceived and organized by Operation Stand Down, a Johnston-based veterans support organization. The Boots on the Ground Memorial stands as a powerful tribute to the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces. Located in a picturesque park overlooking the waterfront, the memorial is a solemn and poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by military personnel. The centerpiece of the memorial is a striking display of over 7,000 combat boots, meticulously arranged to symbolize the soldiers who have laid down their lives in service to their country. Each pair of boots represents a unique individual, a hero who gave everything for the principles they believed in and lost their life in the war against terror, post-911. As visitors walk among the boots, the weight of their significance becomes tangible, evoking a sense of gratitude and reverence for those who have defended our freedom.

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Surrounding the boots are engraved plaques that honor the fallen soldiers, their names forever etched in stone. These plaques serve as a testament to the indomitable spirit and unwavering dedication of the servicemen and servicewomen who have made the ultimate sacrifice. It is a place of solace for families, friends, and strangers alike, a space where one can pause, pay respects, and connect with the profound legacy of bravery and selflessness that the Boots on the Ground Memorial represents.


Fort Adams State Park, 90 Fort Adams Park Dr. Newport, RI


Friday 5/26-- Sunday 5/28 - 8am to 8pm

Monday 5/29 - 8am to 6pm

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