Honoring our Veterans

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The St. Maries American Legion Post plans to dedicate the Benewah County Veterans’ Memorial in just a few weeks. But if you’ve been following this story, you know that this memorial has been months – and tens of thousands of contributed dollars – in the making.

More than $65,000 has been donated to the project since fundraising began last year.

Construction began in mid-May and is being completed at the memorial site at Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Maries. The dedication ceremony will be October 19.

Jeremy Buell and Randy Nold donated their time to construction of the Benewah County Veterans' Memorial, which is expected to be completed this month. A dedication ceremony has been set for Oct. 19.

The Veterans’ Memorial will include nine flag poles arranged on two levels. Upon each of the lower poles will fly a service flag, which will include one for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. The Idaho, United States and POW/MIA flags will fly on the upper level. The U.S. flag will be on a 30 foot pole. Each pole will have a bronze service emblem attached to it and be illuminated at night.

In addition to the poles, the memorial will include an arched wall that will embrace three separate memorial monuments: one for all veterans, a second for local Medal of Honor recipients and a third for fallen soldiers.

Sounds beautiful, no?

Perhaps even lovelier is the fact that the entire project has been funded and constructed by donated money and volunteer time.

The site is located at the north end of the Fourth Addition and can easily be seen from State 5.

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