Boots on the Ground for Heroes '23

Operation Stand Down Rhode Island is requesting volunteers to help for the 2023 Boots on the Ground for Heroes Memorial.  Volunteers are needed for set up, weekend-of help, and breakdown.

Set up days are as followed:

Tuesday, May 23rd:

9 AM - 1 PM, 10 AM - 2 PM

Wednesday, May 24th:

9 AM - 1 PM, 10 AM - 2 PM

Thursday, May 25th:

9 AM - 12 PM

Friday, May 26th:

9 AM - 12 PM, 12 PM - 4PM

Our number one priority on these days, is to get the memorial up with success and in the safest and most efficient way. Please be advised that the need for volunteers and volunteering duties may be subject to change at any given moment. We will be sending any updates about the volunteering needs to the email that was registered with the volunteer online registration.

If you are a corporate office or company who is interested in volunteering- EACH person volunteering needs to sign up through the OSDRI online registration. If your company sends out an internal volunteering portal, you will still need to sign up with OSDRI at our online portal as well.  This helps us correctly account for how many people are attending to help.

Set up will be at FORT ADAMS in Newport. Set up duties consist of setting the boots out, cleaning up / shining boots, lacing boots, lining up boots on a predesigned grid, attaching name placards, stuffing boots, and placing out American flags. Volunteers should be physically able to bend down/walk.

We will also need volunteers for the actual event itself. Volunteers to assist with band setup/breakdown, parking in the main lot, assisting at both the entrance and at the exit of the fort, and other miscellaneous duties. We are looking for 2-4 people to fill each volunteer shift.

The following shifts are available:

Saturday, May 27th:

8 AM - 2 PM, 2 PM - 8 PM

Sunday, May 28th:

8 AM - 2 PM, 2 PM - 8 PM

Monday, May 29th:

8 AM - 1 PM, 1 PM - 6 PM

Break down will be on Tuesday, May 30th at 8 AM. Break down duties consist of picking up boots, storing boots, picking up tags, picking up American Flags, and other miscellaneous duties. This is also a labor-intensive activity which needs volunteer assistance.  

If anyone is interested in volunteering, they must sign up through the link: Please move the calendar to May (if it is a different month) and click on the shift desired to sign up.

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Amanda Dean at or 401-383-4730

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 9:00 AM

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 12:00 PM

90 Fort Adams Drive Fort Adams Newport, RI 02840