Six years of planning, fundraising, and construction culminated in a standing-room-only dedication ceremony on Veterans Day in Walla Walla, Wash. A small committee (mostly veterans, including a WWII sailor) was assisted to their lofty goal by numerous local in-kind donations, from technical services to concrete. Families, businesses and organizations generously provided financial support. Also stepping up were the towns of Walla Walla, Waitsburg and College Place, as well as the county commissioners.
The monument's 3 Vermont granite pillars, representing air, land, and sea campaigns, list the names and ranks of the 91 men who perished in the war. The monument's elements were carved and installed by OM Stone of Hillsboro, Ore. The center of the pentagon-shaped foundation features a flag pole with a brass star around its base acknowledging the Gold Star Families. There is also a pedestal on which are displayed the military service emblems and dedication statement.
The monument not only honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice, but the approximately 3,800 men and women from Walla Walla County who proudly served our country during the war.