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2014-07-09 / Front Page

Veterans Memorial unveiling planned

Friday, July 25
by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor

Marlette Marlette The third unveiling of names event at the Amherst Veterans Memorial will be held at noon Friday, July 25, at the memorial, which is located in Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St. at Sheridan Drive.

According to Deputy Supervisor Guy Marlette, the unveiling will be for an additional 18 names that have been inscribed on the memorial walls. The memorial is flanked on both sides by stone walls featuring granite panels that carry the names of individual veterans.

The memorial also serves to honor all branches of the military.

“This is a remembrance as a country of what we have been through,” Marlette said.

He added that the goal is for a dedication of names to occur twice per year and in the future, he would like more events to be held at the memorial site.

“This memorial really gives us the ability to let people know there were a lot of conflicts that the U.S. has been involved in,” he said.

Marlette added that it is important for the community to be respectful of the memorial by making sure it is properly maintained. In mid-June, Hausrath Landscaping, led by two employees who are military veterans — Matt Cyr and Dave Edmunds — donated their time to clean up the gardens near the memorial.

Marlette said Hausrath employees revisited the site within the last couple of weeks to find the mulch they recently installed had been heavily littered by grass clippings. Cyr, Edmunds and other volunteers again cleaned up the beds and rotated the mulch so that the clippings could not be seen.

“It was upsetting to them, so when they returned they did another cleanup,” Marlette said.

Overall, he added that he wants the memorial area to keep growing as he seeks corporations or organizations that may want to assist in improvements or upkeep of the nearby gardens. He also said Scouting projects at the memorial site are also welcome.

“It would also be good to find ways to create smaller dedication sites within the memorial,” he said. “Such a thing that could be added is a garden of landscaping features that may not need such upkeep.”

Additionally, Marlette said the list of names to be added in the fourth dedication is continuing to grow. The next dedication on July 25 will feature the raising of a POW/MIA flag before the ceremony begins.

“There needs to be a keen awareness in the community that this memorial exists,” he said.

email: kdepriest@beenews.com

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