What is the purpose of the Memorial?
The Veterans Memorial in Katonah is intended to commemorate the spirit, commitment, and sacrifice of the men and women from Bedford and around America who served in our military.
Where will the Memorial be located?
Bedford's Town Board has approved construction of the Memorial on the Katonah Green, directly across from the Katonah Village Library.
What is the proposed design of the Memorial and how was it chosen?
The Memorial consists of an inscribed round granite centerpiece surrounded by a circular brick plaza. The Memorial is connected by a brick walkway to the existing seating area and crosswalk at the northern end of the Katonah Green island. The centerpiece is located 21 paces from the northern end of the island, which alludes to the military’s 21-gun salute and the highest military honor that can be bestowed.
The names and insignias of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines are inscribed on the top of the granite centerpiece. The names of the military conflicts in which the US has been involved are inscribed on the side of the monument.
Please see the renderings included on our site: http://katonahveteransmemorial.com/the-memorial/.
The design of the Memorial was chosen after receiving input and design recommendations from dozens of community members, Town officials, veterans, and professional architects.
The design of the Memorial is intended to be modest and contemplative. No lighting of any kind is proposed. Given the Memorial’s location in downtown Katonah, the Veterans Advisory Committee carefully considered any potential impact on the historic hamlet as well as vehicle and pedestrian safety, including potential sightline obstruction and driver distraction. The current proposal incorporates guidance from Town officials and the Katonah Historic District Commission regarding safety, historical appropriateness, and construction and maintenance matters.
How will the Memorial be funded?
The Memorial will be 100% funded by private donations. Although the Veterans Advisory Committee is sponsoring this project, it is not participating in fundraising for the Memorial. All fundraising is being coordinated by private citizens.
If you are interested in contributing to the Memorial, please see the Donate tab: http://katonahveteransmemorial.com/donate/.
Has the Town of Bedford approved the Memorial?
Yes. On March 6, 2018, the Town Board approved construction of the Memorial following a comprehensive review of the Memorial's proposed location and design.
Over the past 18 months, the Veterans Advisory Committee, as sponsor of this project, worked closely with the Department of Public Works, Department of Recreation and Parks, Planning Department, and Katonah Historic District Commission to develop a concept that is appropriate in scale and design for this important tribute.
Who is Coordinating the Memorial?
The Veterans Advisory Committee has worked closely in all aspects of the Memorial with Aiden Cryan, a Junior at John Jay High School and Eagle Scout candidate.
Glenn Ticehurst, a renowned Bedford landscape architect, provided oversight of the design and coordination process.