One Mission Accomplished For Vets Memorial
FOR THE COURIER
The first phase of fundraising for the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Peck has been a success.
“We have raised over $400,000 to date and have begun finalizing plans to complete the first phase of construction,” Tom Markle said. He co-chairs the fundraising committee with Steve Page.
“People of Northeast Montana stepped up to the challenge to build a world-class memorial. After a very successful site dedication on Memorial Day at Fort Peck, we are encouraged that support for this project remains strong,” he said.
The committee expects to break ground this fall for initial site preparations to establish the footprint for the park. Construction will also begin on the main memorial with a formal entry, access walkways and a flag park.
In addition, the planning committee approved “Walls of Honor” that will be a central feature of the park. Engraved tiles placed on the Walls will provide permanent recognition for veterans from all parts of Northeast Montana. Expertly etched on select black granite tiles will be a veteran's last name, first name, initial and branch of service.
Walls of Honor Committee Chair Mike Hughes explained that the Walls will honor all veterans in all branches of the service who are honorably discharged, and those currently serving. “Custom-made tiles will allow families and friends to permanently recognize and honor any veteran special to their heart, or one who may be forgotten.”
The cost of each tile is $225 through Memorial Day 2015, when the cost increases. Orders are currently being processed and forms are available at local vets clubs, http://www.VeteransMT.org, or by calling the committee at 406-228-2223.