Father of fallen Elmsford soldier erects monument

An Elmsford soldier killed in Iraq is being honored with a special monument.

Private First Class Michael Arciola, 20, was killed in February by enemy gunfire in Al Ramidi, Iraq. Arciola?s father built a four-foot high rock and plaque dedicated to his son in his back yard. Named the Freedom Stone, the monument also pays tribute to all other Westchester service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

State and local officials as well as servicemen came out for the dedication ceremony held appropriately on Veterans Day. Arciola is opening the memorial to all who wish to come and remember the sacrifice made by the county's sons.

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