Starting in 2007, we coordinated a Veterans Memorial Project to honor all veterans, especially those from Sound Beach who died for their country. In cooperation with the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County, and New York State, we secured financial aid in the form of grants from Suffolk County and New York State.
In 2012 donations from the community allowed us to purchase the bronze plaques and engrave the granite wall. Without the cooperation of all, this lasting tribute would not have been possible.
Six flag poles, a granite memorial wall, a bronze plaque for each KIA, benches, pavers in the shape of a rondel (the insignia on the side of US military planes), and landscaping have been installed. On Memorial Day 2012, we formally dedicated the Memorial with many family members of the KIAs attending.
We gratefully thank all the volunteers that have contributed to the memorial thus far, in particular Rich Brons of Brons Landscapes, who donated time, materials, and manpower installing and maintaining the landscaping.
Each Memorial Day and Veterans Day we come together to honor the sacrifices that our Veterans have made to ensure the freedoms we enjoy. The ceremonies include performances by students from both our high school music departments and appearances by our federal, state, and town elected officials. We hope you will join us.
Though Sound Beach is a small, 1.4-square-mile hamlet, its sacrifice over the years has been significant. Since World War II, Sound Beach has had seven servicemen make the supreme sacrifice in preserving our way of life. They are:
William Binder USN Feb 4, 1942
22 years old
Stewart Carroll USA Dec 21, 1944
21 years old
Joseph DeGennaro USA Jan 25, 1966
23 years old
Bruce Kerndl USA Nov 4, 1966
22 years old
Charles Prchal USA Mar 29, 1969
20 years old
Kerry Hein USA Feb 27, 1991
28 years old
Peter Hahn USA May 24, 2005
31 years old