Legion monument honors all servicemen from region
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.
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.