The Tower of Victory is truly one of the treasures of the Hudson Valley. For 125 years, it has stood as the nation’s only monument to the lasting peace that came after the end of the Revolutionary War. Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of the President and then Secretary of War, commissioned John Hemingway Duncan, one of the nation’s most renowned architects at that time, to design the massive stone arched structure that hosts bronzes sculpted by William Rudolf O’Donovan, the pre-eminent monumental sculptor of the day. It stands on the property where General Washington created the “Badge of Military Merit” now called the Purple Heart medal.
Unfortunately for the Tower, time and weather have not been kind. Without intervention to restore the stone structure, replace the roof, and eliminate water penetration, this precious piece of the Hudson Valley’s – and the nation’s – history could be lost for good.
To fully restore the Tower, $1.5 million dollars needs to be raised. Already, the Conservancy has secured $450,000 through grants and individual donations. But help is needed to reach the goal of preserving the Tower for the next 125 years. Won’t you chip in to help out?
You can donate to the campaign by mail or by e-mail.
To donate by mail, simply print, fill out, and mail the attached form to the Palisades Parks Conservancy, P.O. Box 427, 3006 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain, NY 10911.
To donate online, please do so at: www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/donate. Remember to put the words Tower of Victory in the subject line so we know you want to be a part of the campaign!
-Press release via The Palisades Parks Conservancy