Adopt a Soldier - Restoration Project


Tuesday, Jun. 01, 2021 - 8AM


Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 - 4PM

We make a promise as a nation never to forget our veterans, and never doesn’t have an expiration date. Therefore, we're introducing a program during 2020-2021in historic St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy, NY to clean and restore veteran gravestones and markers, assuring that our veterans are buried in properly marked graves.

Founded in 1844, there are soldiers in St. Mary's Cemetery that served during the Civil War, the Vietnam War and even more recent conflicts. Many of the older gravestones have deteriorated over time because of the elements. We would like to reverse that as best we can by cleaning the veteran gravestones - making them legible again and resetting as many fallen gravestones as possible.

  • $50 will Sponsor a Veterans Gravestone Cleaning
  • $125 will Sponsor a Veterans Gravestone Cleaning and Reset, restoring the veteran's gravestone to as close to the original state as possible - helping preserve it for generations.

If you wish, you can choose a specific soldier from a list of over 130 soldiers in St. Mary's which provides (if legible) the veteran's name, current photo of the marker or monument, US state, branch, rank, unit, what war they fought in, date of birth and death. Interested in sponsoring restoration of a monument or marker within another of our 19 cemeteries? Call us and we will add it to our restoration work!

With your sponsorship, you can also choose to Adopt A Soldier in memory of a loved one, and/or publish your name, company or organization name, or “in memory of” adoption information on our Adopt A Soldier list.

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries takes our commitment to uphold and honor our veterans service to heart and hold true to that promise by doing what we can to restore as many of the memorials of these long deceased veterans as possible.

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Thank you all for your support!