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Community: Help dedicate memorial

On behalf of the Island Art for Veterans Executive Committee, I would like to take this opportunity to give our heartfelt thanks to the people throughout Island County without whose contributions and in-kind donations we could not have realized our dream.

The Veterans Memorial on the grounds of the Law and Justice Center in Coupeville is nearing completion, and will be formally dedicated Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Since its inception four years ago, the Executive Committee has labored to finance and construct a fitting Veterans Memorial in Island County. As we complete the final steps in this long and arduous project, it is appropriate that we recognize those responsible for raising over $80,000 dollars to finance planning, design, artwork and finally, construction.

While it is impossible to mention every donor and contributor individually, it is our express wish to pass on our deepest appreciation to all the veterans, merchants, and family members and patriots who purchased paving bricks. We would also be remiss if we failed to mention the hundreds of local and not so local folks who supported us by dropping donations in our jars at the several venues where we had booths, not to mention the many people who donated time and effort to this project.

I would also like to let the public know that even though the memorial has been completed, commemorative bricks can still be purchased, and when enough orders are received, they will be added to the display. Order forms are available at the Coupeville branch of the Whidbey Island Bank.

Please accept our invitation to join us on the 11th of November as we pause to remember our veterans, and dedicate the fruits of your many and varied efforts. We look forward to seeing you, and thanking you personally.

Patrick A. Nisley

Island Art for Veterans Committee

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