Buy a brick to display a message to honor those who served in WWII. Contributors can engrave up to 3 lines of text, 22 characters (including spaces) per line, for $150 on a 4"x8" brick or $500 on a 8"x8" brick. Send contributions to North Rockland Rotary, PO Box 10, Garnerville, NY 10923, or call Pres. Bud Wassmer at (845) 222-3402 for more information.

HAVERSTRAW — A new monument to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II will be erected at the clock park in the village.

The Rotary Club of North Rockland is leading the effort to build a six-foot-tall, eight-foot-wide memorial in front of Haverstraw Village Hall.

At the memorial's groundbreaking ceremony held Monday at the park, Francis "Bud" Wassmer, former Haverstraw village mayor and president of the North Rockland Rotary Club, welcomed dignitaries.

Wassmer told the attendees that the surface of the black granite monument would be etched with World War II icons such as the images of the raising of the American flag at Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima and US Battleship BB-62 New Jersey.

Carole Tjoa, past district governor of Rotary International, was one of the guests for the ceremony.

"I'm always appreciative of the courage and bravery of the Americans and their allies who fought for the freedom and justice," said Tjoa, a Hong Kong native who lived through the war in her native land.

The unveiling for the memorial is scheduled for Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The Rotary Club is accepting donations for the project through the sale of bricks on the paving in front of the memorial.

A small brick can be purchased for $150 and larger ones would be available starting at $500.

Call 845-222-3402 for more information.