Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced that the County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA) will hold a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 29th to honor the 40 County residents who died 100 years ago on the same day during World War I.
The event will be held at the County’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 111 Craigville Road in Goshen. The 40 Orange County residents served in Companies E and L of the 107th Regiment of the 27th Division and were killed in action during the Battle of the Hindenburg Line in Northern France.
“This ceremony commemorates one of the darkest moments in our County’s history,” Neuhaus said. “On that fateful day 100 years ago, too many soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the freedoms we all enjoy every day. This event is a fitting tribute for these World War I heroes and I hope residents will come out to support it.”
After an intense, 56-hour-long attack, Allied forces breached the Hindenburg Line, the last line of German defenses, on September 29th, 1918. The Hindenburg Line was a heavily fortified zone running several miles behind the active front between the north coast of France and Belgium. By September 1918, the Hindenburg Line consisted of six defensive lines approximately 6,000 yards deep, equipped with lengths of barbed wire, concrete emplacements and firing positions. Breaking through the Hindenburg Line helped the U.S. and its allies win World War I, which ended on November 11th, 1918.
For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or firstname.lastname@example.org.