Young Writers Pen Winners

Every November, a day is set aside for Americans to remember and honor those who have fought and died for this country. Students in fifth through eighth grade expressed what Veterans Day means to them as their focus for their Americanism Essay contest, which is sponsored annually by the Elks. The contest is meant to promote patriotism. Pete Dirlam of the St. Maries Elks Lodge encourages local students to participate. The contest was open to students fro Heyburn Elementary, UpRiver […]

Five Decades Later

In 1967, a young Marine first lieutenant named William Woodier and his First Force Recon Marines began the Fourth of July pinned down under heavy North Vietnamese fire on top of a 452-foot high cliff. They had been thorns in the side of the Communists for a long time by calling in strikes on Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops using the Ho Chi Minh Trail along the Laotian-Vietnamese border. Earlier that day, approximately 200 Communist troops had overrun a platoon of U.S. Marines […]

Local heroes recognized nationally

Three local heroes have been commemorated in such a way that that their stories will be told nationwide. Local Medal of Honor recipients Vernon Baker, Lloyd McCarter and Gregory Boyington are listed on a stamp booklet released by the U.S. Postal Service last week. The Medal of Honor booklet is the first of a new format for the Postal Service, the Prestige Folio. This format includes a large sheet folded in half to form an 8 1/2- by 7 1/2-inch […]

Worth Repeating

An overflow crowd attended the dedication of the Benewah County Veteran’s Memorial Oct. 19 at Woodlawn Cemetery. The following is the text of the remarks made by Jack Botts at the ceremony. Mr. Botts was chairman of the committee that spearheaded the effort to build the memorial. Jim Shubert, Bill Caswell, Candy Pugh and Helen Kevo are the other members of the memorial committee. Dedicated to all who served October 19, 2013 The memorial committee and all of those involved […]

Memorial dedication Saturday

A year’s worth of work will be unveiled at the Benewah County Veterans’ Memorial Saturday, Oct. 19. The dedication ceremony starts at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in St. Maries. Ample parking will be available on the south side of the memorial. Traffic flow will be directed around the perimeter of the cemetery, Jack Botts said. Those who do not wish to park at the cemetery will be able to park at the Benewah County Fairgrounds. “Valley Vista will be […]

Honoring our Veterans

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 […]

To Honor Our Veterans

When it comes to donating time or money to community projects, St. Maries area residents are always quick to step up. The most recent project is the Veteran’s Memorial which will stand at the west end of St. Maries. The memorial will be a permanent monument dedicated to and honoring the military men and women of the United States of America who honorably served their country in times of war and peace. Plans for the memorial include a special tribute […]

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