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Valley veteran's monument project on fast track to completion
The Snoqualmie Valley Veteran's Memorial park is on track for an 11-11-11 unveiling. All that's needed now are the bricks.
Members of the memorial committee say permits are on the fast track for the monument, set for construction this summer at the empty lot next to the American Legion's Renton-Pickering Post on River Street in downtown Snoqualmie.
"I'm excited about seeing the final product," said Christy Lake, assistant director at the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum and member of the volunteer committee that's spent the last four years pushing for this moment. "It'll add a lot to the city."
Lake urges Valley residents to go over the list of names for the monument, which includes the men and women who died in service to their nation, from the current conflict back the Spanish-American War more than a century ago. She wants to make sure that no name is missing or misspelled.
"I've tried as best as possible, but you never know," she said.
Names will be inscribed on a four-by-seven-foot block of granite at the heart of the memorial, to be carved in the shape of Mount Si. Carving will begin this summer.
Puget Sound Energy is also donating stone from its Snoqualmie Falls renovation project.
The community can help the monument effort by buying a memorial brick and filling out the brick plaza.
The $100 brick paver can be inscribed with a name or message, as a memorial, tribute or proclamation.
"Anyone can purchase a brick," said committee member Chris Chartier. "A person does not have to have a friend or a relative who is a veteran."
Bricks are for anyone who wants to be patriotic or support the monument, she said.
"You could do 'God Bless America,' 'The Smith family supports the troops,'" Chartier added. "It would be a great way to a lasting part of Valley history."
To order a brick or get involved, contact committee chairwoman Chris Chartier at (425) 888-9152 or by cell at (425) 802-5174. Or, click on the 'Veterans Memorial' tab at http://www.snoqualmievalleymuseum.org/
The monument has been updated to include two names of intermediate family members of Valley residents who died in the ongoing Iraq-Afghanistan conflict.
Coby Shwab is the son-in-law of Snoqualmie residents Steve and Stacy Fenton. He was killed May 3, 2007, in Ar Ramadi, Iraq.
Corry Tyler was the nephew of a North Bend resident, and was killed August 22, 2007, in Multaka, Iraq.
As immediate family of current Valley resident, they are included in the memorial.
Mount Si High School graduate Eric Ward, a Marine lance corporal, was killed in February 21, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Slated to be carved on the Snoqualmie Valley Veteran’s Memorial, names of residents who died in service to their nation include:
World War I
Arthur William Lyford, Peter Erickson, Carl Larson, Battista Pasini, Alfred Parenti, Albert Emery, David Renton, Bert Smith, Lester Pickering, Edward Clements Koester, William Swen, Virgil Detrick
World War II
Richard Dunn, George Webb-Venniksen, William Hronek, Jr., Bernard Briggs, William Borden, Lloyd Scheel, Jack Dubey, Frank Martindale, Jr., Harvey Kierstins, Rodney Boalch, Roy Hackney, Victor Hartley, Elizabeth Erickson, Herman James Jensen, Vincent Robel, Loyal Bright, Clarence Church, Robert White, Norman Christiansen, Eugene Smith, James O’Neil, Donald Olson, Charles Scheuchzer, Thomas Soister, Robert Hatcher, Claude Brown Stephenson, James Machan, Leo Harry McGrath, Lawrence Carmichael, Theron White, Dean Aschin, F.O. Goebel, Carol Cameron, James Kennedy, Jack Odlin, Joe Sheppard, Martin James, James Arthur Barber, Richard Carol Hall, Lawrence Crotts, Lloyd Eugene Hume.
William Scott, John Carlson, Gordon Bothell, Albert E. Barfuse, Charles Englehart, Donald B. Cameron.
Donald Gene Davenport, Robert Allen Montgomery, Timothy Demos, Ronald James Johnson, Larry Michael Heen, James David Nansel, James Sanders, Joe Sweetman.
Eric Levi Ward, Coby G. Schwab, Corry Paul Tyler.