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Military Mountaineer statue at Fort Drum toppled by wind

Nov. 9, 2013 at 1:45 AM

FORT DRUM, N.Y., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The statue of a Military Mountaineer at Fort Drum in upstate New York was downed by high winds and will be off its base on Veterans Day, officials said.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Townsend, who commands the post and the 10th Mountain Division, told the Watertown Daily Times he was relieved to learn the statue survived intact. It fell on a pile of mulch late Wednesday.

Townsend said the statue, created by Colorado sculptor Susan Grant Raymond and erected in 1991, is "an icon of this division and this post."

Winds late Wednesday knocked a tent put up for Veterans Day activities from its moorings. The tent was blown into the statue.

James Corriveau, director of public works at Fort Drum, said the statue is expected to be back in place in about a week.

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