To Honor Our Veterans

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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 to three Medal of Honor recipients who considered St. Maries home, including Pappy Boyington, Lloyd McCarter and Vernon Baker, as well as the “Fallen Soldier.”

The Fallen Soldier monument will honor those who died in the service during a time of war and conflict. Their names will be on a special bronze plaque on a monument that will feature a bronze sculpture of a deceased serviceman’s rifle, boots and helmet. These articles are recognized as pertaining to all branches of service.

The list of those who died has been gathered from official military records, local archives, families and friends of the deceased. Great care has been taken to include those from the immediate surrounding areas as well as former area residents whose backgrounds included considerable time spent here. The Plummer American Legion Post as assisted us in gather the names on our list.

Organizers of the Benewah County Veteran’s Memorial have collected more than $14,500 toward the goal of $75,000 for the monument. The entire project will be built and paid for with private donations.

The monument is sponsored by the St. Maries American Legion Post. Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to the Benewah County Treasurer at 701 College Avenue or to the Gazette Record at 610 Main Avenue, St. Maries, 83861. Checks should be made to the Legion Veteran’s Memorial.

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