Veterans united on Staten Island Monday to commemorate fallen soldiers on the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.
A ceremony at Hero Park Monday morning honored the 144 Staten Island soldiers who gave their lives defending the U.S. during the conflict.
The soldiers are remembered by a memorial at the park and by 144 trees planted in their honor.
Members of the United Staten Island Veterans Organization say the memorial has a simple, yet important, purpose.
"Remember the veterans, even the ones that died 100 years ago today," said organizer Steven Gross.
"To teach the children about the history of the United States and patriotism. That's our goal—to teach patriotism," said organizer James Haynes.
The veterans organization will spend time this year adorning veterans' graves with flags and making sure they are taken care of.