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Bronze Bugler Trumpets Progress at Vet Memorial


James Walling / The Courier

First Community Bank's Kris Simensen (left) and Annie DePuydt pose with Taps, a bronze sculpture bound for the Veterans Memorial at Fort Peck. First Community has contributed approximately $22,000 to the project thus far.

A hero-sized bronze sculpture destined to be a key feature at the Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial at Fort Peck is on temporary display at First Community Bank in Glasgow, reports Art Widhalm.

Widhalm began serving as the chairman of the Memorial Board April 1. "Three bronze sculptures were commissioned for the Memorial," he said. "This one, titled Taps, was designed and sculpted by Pamela Harr and her late husband Harvey Rattey of Glendive. The Board expects the third bronze, a flag-draped casket, to be in place under the main monument before the opening ceremony on July 4." The two will join Freedom, the screaming bald eagle already in place at the site

Progress toward the July 4 opening ceremony for the memorial is moving right along, Widhalm added.

All ten walls of honor are in place, ready for over 1,200 granite tiles honoring service men and women from Northeast Montana. Installation will begin early next month. Sale of the tiles remains brisk, according Widhalm. There is currently room for an estimated 2,500 additional tiles.

The second order of trees should arrive next week and site irrigation will begin soon after, followed by laying of sod and native grass planting. The Board of Directors has raised over $950,000 to date for the Memorial with a goal of raising an additional $100,000 to finish and maintain it. Anyone wishing to support the project can respond to Northeast Montana Veterans Memorial Park, Box 202, Glasgow, Montana 59230, or visit the website or call 406-228-2223. Donations are tax deductible.


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