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9/10/2013 10:34:00 AM
Williams Own Veterans Memorial nearly complete
Statue is paid for, organizers still need donations for plaque wall portion of memorial
The site plan for the Williams Own Veterans Memorial located in Monument Park at the east end of Williams. Site plan/John Holst
The site plan for the Williams Own Veterans Memorial located in Monument Park at the east end of Williams. Site plan/John Holst
David Reyes Construction crew members Ruben, Martin, Kyle and David Jr. work on a portion of the memorial. Submitted photo
David Reyes Construction crew members Ruben, Martin, Kyle and David Jr. work on a portion of the memorial. Submitted photo

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


The Williams Own Veterans Memorial is nearly complete and a dedication ceremony is set for Oct. 19 at 11 a.m.

But while the statue portion of the project is paid for and is currently being cast, the plaque wall portion still needs financial support.

The plaque wall is located to the southwest of the statue. The wall will contain five emblems for each of the military branches, along with about 14 bronze plaques memorializing veterans who lived in Williams and died defending the country.

The plaques have already been ordered in order to meet the project deadline, but organizers still need to raise about $3,500 to cover the cost, according to John Holst and Rodger Ely.

"We're looking at individual supporters of relatives, of people who served, people who died or just the branch of service in remembrance to or respect of their branch of service," Holst said.

People can sponsor a plaque or emblem for $200 or make a contribution for $25.

"We think that we'll be able to let those people who really want to be part of this be part of it," Holst said.

The base of the statue and the plaque wall have already been constructed. In a couple of weeks when the plaques arrive in the mail, workers will install them on the wall.

The completed park will have five flagpoles, along with the American flag near the statue.

"When you come into town you're going to see these 20-foot tall flags and each flag will have a different branch of the service," Ely said. "The flags will be an eye catcher."

The city is also making improvements to Monument Park, including adding sidewalks.

David Reyes Construction, Dunbar Stone Co., Old Trails True Value, Arrow Concrete and Mechtly Concrete Construction have all donated materials and time for the memorial project.

The dedication ceremony will include speakers, a color guard and a reception.

"We're going to try to saturate it with veterans from the area," Ely said.

In the future, organizers hope to place the words "Williams Own" on the plaque wall. They also would like to eventually install a separate plaque for a Medal of Honor recipient who lived in Williams after fighting in the American Indian Wars and the Spanish American War. He is buried in the Williams Cemetery.

Ely said he hopes the community will continue to support the final stage of the memorial project, "one plaque at a time."

Donations may be mailed to American Legion Post 13 at 425 W. Grant Ave. More information about the project is available from Holst at (928) 635-1484.








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