The Marion J. “Bogey” Bogdanovich Veterans Honor Wall got a new addition. A fourth marble monument was placed today Oct. 31 at Fleet Park.
Beverly Hall, of Montesano who leads the group organizing the wall, says the monument is meant to display the names of veterans of military service who lived within the Montesano School District boundaries at some point.
“We just added six names about two months ago,” Hall said as a crew from the city of Montesano and Aberdeen Cemetery Association maneuvered the slab into place. Aberdeen Cemetery Association, often called Fern Hill Cemetery, does the engraving and ordering of the marble blocks.
For a $60 engraving fee, anybody who meets the requirements can have their names engraved on a marble block.
Hall said that forms for veterans to have their names added to the wall will soon will be available at area businesses.
Visitors to the wall might notice that an inscription reads “Veterans Memorial.” The name was changed since the first block was installed in 2012 to reflect that being deceased is not a requirement for having one’s name added to the wall.
Veterans Day events
- Veterans breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, high school library, 302 Church St. N.
- Veterans Day assembly, 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Montesano Jr. Sr. High School Gym, 302 Church St. N.
- Dedication of street in memory of Sgt. Mickel Garrigus in Elma, 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, corner of Fifth and Main in Elma.
- Elma VFW Auxiliary Holiday Bingo: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Elma Grange, 401 W. Waldrip. Everyone ages five and up is invited. Proceeds will be used to help the groups charitable efforts.
- Elma Veterans Day Parade: 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, in downtown Elma.
- Elma Veterans Day Ceremony: 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Gladys Smith and Lloyd Murrey parks.
- Veterans Thanksgiving dinner: 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Montesano VFW, 315 S. Main. Free for veterans; $8 for non-veterans. Please call 360-249-3644 to reserve a spot.
- Veterans Day Assembly: 10:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Beacon Elementary School, 1717 Beacon Ave. E., Montesano. Present by the first grade.