November 11, 2019 michelle grunwald

Support for Troops Serving in Afghanistan and Iraq

At the beginning of the United States’ engagement in the wars in Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003), GPBA President Arlene Harrison’s son Nicholas Cohen, a former First Lieutenant, US Army Ranger and Infantry Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, launched initiatives with the support of GPBA’s Neighbors Helping Neighbors to support and honor our troops.

The Honor the Fallen Memorial

Honor the Fallen is a memorial featuring placards with photos and brief bios of US soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, which went on a nationwide tour. It was created by Gramercy Park neighbor Dr. Nicholas Cohen, a former US Army Ranger and Infantry Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Description by Cohen:

“The display is intended to honor those Americans who have died while serving our country. This memorial reminds us of the great loss in human life this country has sustained. We as Americans owe it to the men and women who serve to remain aware of the consequences of our decision to use military force. We owe it to our troops to reflect on what we are doing as a nation every day that we are engaged in military combat.”