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Posted on: September 24, 2019

County hosting ceremony on Sunday to pay tribute to 40 residents who perished on same day in WW I

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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 Sunday, September 29th to honor the 40 County residents who died 101 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.

“The Battle of the Hindenburg Line is one of the most famous engagements that occurred during World War I,” Neuhaus said. “We will never forget the sacrifices that these 40 soldiers made in defense of the freedoms we all enjoy every day in America and here in Orange County. This ceremony is a fitting tribute for these World War I heroes.”

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.

“Men and women from Orange County have proudly stepped up to serve their country for hundreds of years,” said Christian Farrell, Director of Orange County’s Veterans Service Agency. “September 29th, 1918 serves as one of the darkest days of our County’s history because of the loss of so many soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice on the same day. Whether it’s more than a century ago, or just a few months ago, we will always remember our fallen heroes.”

For more information, contact Justin Rodriguez, Assistant to the County Executive for Communications and Media Relations at 845.291.3255 or jrodriguez@orangecountygov.com.

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