In 2016, OSDRI launched the Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial with the widely acclaimed and dramatic display of now over 7,000 military boots adorned with name placards and flags representing each American service member killed in the Global War on Terror. The first of its kind, the display has garnered local and national news coverage and attracted tens of thousands of visitors.
The display grows in size each year as the names of the most recent Service Members Killed in Action are added. This year, a separate display will recognize service members who have taken their own lives having succumbed to the invisible scars of war such as PTSD and related mental health conditions.
The Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial will be displayed at Fort Adams in Newport over Memorial Day Weekend May 28th – 31st, 2021. Hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am - 8pm, and Monday 8am - 6pm. Admission is free for all attendees.
If you would like to become a sponsor for The Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial please visit: https://osdri.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/Index/5296
*Masks Required for Entry