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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Chippewa Designer Builds Vet Memorial in MT

We know, it's been a while since posting. We've been pretty hopping with other areas of the site, in particular reworking some parts of the IMDiversity job bank portion, which is getting some enhanced search features this season.

Meanwhile, we wanted to pass on this word sent in from a visitor, a Chippewa Indian who has designed and built "one of Montana's finest Veteran Memorials". Located at the Kiwanis Park in Dillon, Montana, the Beaverhead County Veterans Memorial allows people to purchase inexpensive bricks with three lines of text (14 spaces) or even some more complex graphics commemorating friends and loved ones who served and died in America's wars.

The Progress section of the site shows a photo essay of the memorial's construction, and a few sample bricks provide ideas for possible layouts. To apply for a brick, you have to download a form in Adobe PDF format from the site.

Designer Ron Lake writes that "What I'm trying to get is at least one brick from every state to go into the memorial."

"Any Veterans or Guard can get a brick," Lake says, but he suggests that the memorials can also be non-specific, such as:

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Well, we were happy to help him spread the word, and encourage visitors to view the site and the tasteful memorial design, and consider adding a brick of your own. Gift certificates are also available and can help complete the work.

For more information, contact Ron Lake (406)683-1269.