VIDEO: Community updates historic ‘Holbrook Vietnam Monument’


HOLBROOK, NY ( / — The Holbrook community gathered on Saturday to remember a fallen American hero killed in action during the Vietnam War. 

The Holbrook Vietnam Monument honors the memory of Specialist 4th Class Alexander Nicholas DiGuardia, the only military service personnel from Holbrook killed in action during the Vietnam War. DiGuardia turned 21 years old several weeks before he was killed. 

On Saturday morning, veterans, elected officials, Boy Scouts, and others held a dedication ceremony at the monument, a site with historic significance. 

OnSachem Publisher Jim Green attended the ceremony. Here is the video preview, which will be followed by a full report on Sunday evening.



Hey everyone, I'm Jim Green of I wanted to quickly preview for you a story we're going to bring you on Sunday evening. It's a story about how the community came out today on Saturday at the Holbrook Vietnam Monument. They're out here to dedicate a new sign for this monument.

Now this monument, you may not realize, is truly this store. It’s historic in New York State. And it's historic for the entire United States. We'll tell you in our story why.

We also spoke with several members of the community about the dedication today, including the President of the Chamber of Commerce—he helped organize it. We also spoke with several members of AMVETS who played big roles at this event today.

And most importantly, we spoke with the sister, whose brother was killed while serving in Vietnam. This monument is named after him. His father and family members built this monument here on Grundy Avenue. We’ll have her, as well, in our story on Sunday evening.

We are in Holbrook. I'm Jim Green

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