During World War II, hundreds of American men and women of Dominican heritage bravely fought for our freedom. While their sacrifices have not been forgotten, there had never been a memorial for people to honor those who put their lives on the line.
That all changed on Friday, November 2, when the ribbon was cut on the campus of Bronx Community College, for the nation’s first “World War II Dominican Veterans Monument.” DASNY constructed the memorial, which consists of a granite wall with the soldiers’ names engraved in it, and provided the surrounding landscaping. Project Manager Samir Rimawi and Jennifer Borgos in Counsel's Office Construction Unit spearheaded the project for DASNY.
“This is a proud day for all Americans whose loved ones fought bravely for our freedom,” said Dr. Gerrard P. Bushell, DASNY President & CEO. “DASNY is pleased to honor the sacrifices so many have made for our country and construct this memorial. To display it on Bronx Community College’s beautiful campus is a privilege.”
The names inscribed on the monument, which include a Tuskegee Airman and a Bronze and Silver Star recipient, were identified through a joint effort between Bronx Community College and the Dominican Studies Institute, researched by a CUNY Dominican Studies Project called “Dominicans in New York.”