The Sgt. Mark C. Palmateer 9/11 Memorial Park serves as a memorial for Sgt. Mark C. Palmateer, the first Dutchess County soldier killed in the line of duty in the War on Terror, as well as all the service members and first responders who lost their lives on and since September 11, 2001. Sgt. Palmateer, 38, originally from the Town of Wappinger, lost his life on June 26, 2008 during combat in Afghanistan.
The Town of Wappinger gathered on the morning of Friday, September 11, 2020 at Sgt. Mark C. Palmateer 9/11 Memorial Park to pause and remember those who perished from this Earth during the horrific terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. Nineteen years ago, 2,977 people did not return home to their loved ones and since then over 2,000 people have died due to illnesses from recovery work at ground zero during the days, weeks, months, and years following September 11th, 2001.
The Town of Wappinger will never forget our nation’s promise to “never forget” the events of that day, those we’ve lost, and those who saved thousands.