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Bretland Posted - 01/13/2009 : 10:08:43 AM
I hope that everyone has seen the progress being made on the Veterans Memorial.

The "eagle has landed" on the Memorial!! This eagle was purchased by the City a number of years ago to go on a planned Veterans Memorial. Those plans fell through and the eagle has been waiting in storage for this new Memorial.

Six flag poles have been installed. These poles will fly the flags of the 6 branches of service that are being recognized. They are the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines.
There are also concrete columns in front of each flag pole that will have a plaque representing each service branch.

The memorial bricks have been set in the site. Some of the bricks are engraved. The remaining bricks to be engraved will be done "in place".

The primary flag pole (that will be higher than the service poles) will be installed on the opposite side of the Memorial from the service flag poles. It will carry the U.S. flag. I do not know if other flags will be displayed on the primary flag pole.

Dedication of the Memorial is planned for the weekend prior to Memorial Day. Keep an eye on the Pulse Journal and the Monroe Messenger for details as the date approaches.
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John Beagle Posted - 11/11/2011 : 11:06:29 AM
I thought this might be nice to revisit today.

God Bless Monroe Vets.

Support our memorial
Buy a Memorial Brick

Posted from Vegas
John Beagle Posted - 05/25/2009 : 12:14:20 PM

Photo by Bryan Garde
Bryan Garde Posted - 05/24/2009 : 10:07:14 PM
I have posted my images at www.hornetphotography.com Use the Community Events tab and then Dedication of the Memorial. As soon as someone smarter than me (that is just about anybody!) shows me how to link the pics to this site I will do so. If anybody wants a FREE CD of all the images please contact me.
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John Beagle Posted - 05/23/2009 : 4:39:41 PM
Those were wonderful speeches. I would like to archive those words here.

If anyone can get me a copy, hard copy or digital, I would like to publish the here for posterity.

Yes, Sportsmom is correct both Bryan Garde and I will be posting the Veterans Memorial Dedication photos soon.
Sports Mom Posted - 05/23/2009 : 09:53:21 AM
The Memorial and the Dedication Ceremony were absolutely more than I expected.

The turnout was incredible and the speakers were inspiring. A big thanks to everyone that has worked so diligently to make this happen here in Monroe.

I saw John Beagle and Bryan Garde (I hope I spelled this right) with their cameras in hand so I'm sure there will be lots of great pictures.


SoloTSi97 Posted - 05/22/2009 : 9:18:03 PM
Other than some that we took of the scouts distributing programs, I'm afraid that we didn't take any. There were plenty of cameras going, though, so someone has 'em!
summerlover Posted - 05/22/2009 : 9:08:49 PM
I really wish my husband & I could have made it to the memorial. Do you have any pictures?
SoloTSi97 Posted - 05/22/2009 : 8:56:49 PM
Very nice dedication, thanks to everyone whose hard work made the memorial a success. Thanks for letting the scouts be a part of the ceremony; I know that several of their parents were happy to have them there. And, thank you to all to whom this memorial is dedicated.
John Beagle Posted - 05/22/2009 : 4:46:09 PM
Please bring your brick orderforms with you and give them to Ed MacDonald tonight. He will be tickled at the gesture, I'm sure.
Bretland Posted - 05/22/2009 : 11:46:55 AM
it's been 3 years since the planning started for this Memorial.
Tonight will be very exciting for all of us involved in the project.

Thanks to all for your support and kind words about the Memorial.

Bob Bretland
John Beagle Posted - 05/22/2009 : 11:36:48 AM
Tonight is the night of the dedication!
da120757 Posted - 05/19/2009 : 08:22:04 AM
I have seen the Veterans Memorial in Monroe and it is nice. I think every community should have a Veterans Memorial of some type. Thank you for remembering all Veterans and I will be there to enjoy the Dedication on Friday.

Bretland Posted - 05/13/2009 : 08:23:45 AM
Ed MacDonald is indeed a great man!!!

Pavers can be ordered anytime. We expect that orders will increase after folks see the Memorial for the first time. The order forms are being handled by the Monroe Area Community Foundation so orders can be accepted well into the future. We will also have paver order forms at the dedication on the 22nd.

The dedication program has been finalized and goes to the printer today. We will be distributing them throughout the community later in the week.

This year the City of Monroe will hold it's Memorial Day services at the Veterans Memorial on Monday, 5/25 at 2PM. We were told last night that State Senator Gary Cates will be in attendance on Memorial Day since he can't attend the dedication ceremony. Of course, that is always subject to change.

Thanks to all for your support of the Monroe Veterans Memorial.

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