This Saturday, November 27, Stowe Mountain Resort will dedicate one of only two U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division Soldier statues in the center of their new Spruce Peak Plaza. Several original 10th Mountain Veteran’s and historians will speak during the ceremony and recollect the unique significance the alpine fighting forces had in U.S. history.
The soldier, donated by the Perkins family of Stowe, commemorates Vermont’s role in the10th Mountain Division and the critical role they served during WWII. In 1939 Charles Minot Dole, the president of the National Ski Patrol began to lobby the War Department for troops in the United States Army, trained for fighting in winter and mountain warfare. The 10th Division (Alpine) was constituted on July 10, 1943 and activated two days later. The 10th fought in the mountains of Italy amongst some of the roughest terrain in Europe.
WHERE: Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort
WHEN: 12 Noon, Saturday 10/27
WHY: Salute Veterans of WWII and active military men and women of Vermont