- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - A memorial to the New York Army National Guard’s 42nd Infantry Division is being dedicated to mark the 10-year anniversary of the unit’s mobilization before being deployed to Iraq.

The Rainbow Division Memorial is being dedicated late Saturday morning at the New York Army National Guard Readiness Center at Fort Drum in northern New York.

Several thousand members of the National Guard in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts were activated for duty in May 2004 and trained at Fort Drum and New Jersey’s Fort Dix.

More than 23,000 soldiers assigned to the Troy-based 42nd Division served in Iraq from February through November 2005. Col. John Andonie (an-DOH’-nee) says the granite memorial will be dedicated to all the soldiers who served in the unit during the deployment, including the 92 Rainbow Division soldiers who died in Iraq.

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