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Work begins on all-Snoqualmie Valley veteran's monument

Construction crew members pose with friends and supporters of the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee Friday, July 1, marking the start of construction of the new memorial park. Pictured from left are Marty Kester, Bobbie Rupert, Bob Hamerly, Dave Lake, Lee Prewitt, Harley Brumbaugh, Kathy Kerr, Christy Lake, Chris Chartier, John Kerr, Monica McNeal, Stewart Germain, Gary Osness, Gloria McNeely and Dave Battey. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Construction crew members pose with friends and supporters of the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial Committee Friday, July 1, marking the start of construction of the new memorial park. Pictured from left are Marty Kester, Bobbie Rupert, Bob Hamerly, Dave Lake, Lee Prewitt, Harley Brumbaugh, Kathy Kerr, Christy Lake, Chris Chartier, John Kerr, Monica McNeal, Stewart Germain, Gary Osness, Gloria McNeely and Dave Battey.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

A three-year fundraising effort for the Valley-wide monument to those killed in military service has accumulated enough money for the construction to begin at last.

“We have a little over $35,000 in our veterans memorial account,” said Chris Charier, chairperson of the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial committee, which broke ground Friday, June 1. “Marty Kester thinks it will be less than that.”

Kester of Mr. K’s Construction, planned to start working on the site, next to the Legion Post on River Street in Snoqualmie, this week, and plans to have it ready in time for a Veterans Day dedication.

Many organizations, including Kester’s, have made significant in-kind donations to the project, and fund-raising bricks sold for $100 each, have also contributed. To date, more than 200 bricks have been sold.

Chartier said “The generosity and support from the community, and the donations, have been amazing.”

To order a memorial brick or get involved, contact Chartier at (425) 888-9152 or by cell at (425) 802-5174.

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