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Somerset American Legion members involved in the placement of the new monument were (l-r) Chuck Votruba, Larry Martell, Dave McCluskey, Bob Neuenfeldt and Lee Meyer. Not pictured is Chuck Hansen.

Legion monument honors all servicemen from region

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A monument put in place at the Somerset American Legion Post 111 last week was created to honor servicemen from all branches of the military.

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The idea for the monument came from Somerset Legion member Lee Meyer. There are plans in motion to hold a dedication ceremony for the momument on Memorial Day, 2009.

The limestone monument was created by Gary Stelter of Rivard Stone in rural Somerset. The stone for the monument came from the Rivard Stone quarry.

The monument contains nine military pictures. They include items from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, Meyer said it was his intent to make sure that all branches of the military were included. He also used photos of military machinery used in World War II, Korea, Viet Nam and in Iraq, so veterans from different generations would feel represented by the monument.

To get these photos onto the monument, Rivard sand blasted the photos into the stone, using stencils as his guide.

Meyer said he had initially looked at black granite for the monument, but the price was prohibitive. The Somerset vets decided that it was meaningful for the monument have local meaning, so they contacted Rivard Stone. Meyer and Rivard worked for a month to find stencils of the military equipment they were seeking.

The military equipment pictured on the monument includes:

  • an F4 Phantom jet;
  • a Huey helicopter;
  • a Humvee;
  • an infantryman with an M16;
  • a 105mm Howitzer artillery;
  • a Coast Guard cutter;
  • a C130 cargo plane;
  • a Nimitz class aircraft carrier;
  • an M1 A1 Abrams tank.
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Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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