Vermonters saluted a legendary World War II Army unit Saturday.
Several veterans and their families were in the crowd gathered for the dedication of a new statue at the Stowe Mountain Resort. It honors the Army's 10th Mountain Division. The men were trained for winter and mountain warfare. They fought in the mountains of Italy, often using skis and climbing skills to navigate the harsh terrain.
Six Vermonters in the unit were killed in World War II, but the ones who made it home are often credited with helping develop the ski industry in North America.
"And for those in future generations, I hope they understand what it was about," veteran Midge Tozloski said.
The modern 10th Mountain Division is based out of Fort Drum, New York and has seen several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. "And they're going to be fighting a war over there that we certainly didn't fight," Tozloski said. "They don't know who the enemy is. It's just a terrible kind of war, because you don't know what's happening around you."
The statue of the skiing World War II soldier was donated by the Perkins family of Stowe.
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