Great Turn Out!
The Memorial Dedication was a fantastic event! Over 750 people attended and saw the unveiling of the statue and heard the keynote speaker, Scott Altman. Architect and Sculptor Morgan shared their experiences and their love for this project. Committee members were acknowledged and a huge thanks was given to Dale Nannen who spent countless hours making this memorial come to life. A true "labor of love". CLA students were even able to participate along with students from Olympia School, in this last step, as they sang America the Beautiful during the raising of the Colors.
Picking up Speed!
A couple weeks ago here at CLA we recieved some exciting news! The HAVM is starting the construction to move the sewage line underneath their memorial site. We were invited to come and observe the construction workers and interview the head comisioner.
Over the past few weeks, the students here at CLA have interviewed both Mark Rossi and Dale Nannen. One question asked to Dale Nannen, was "Why are you involved?" This question, as he said, was very emotional to him and his family. He said that Reid Nannen, his son, deployed to the navy, where he passed away years later. Dale and his wife wanted to honor Reid and all the other people who served for our country in Hopedale. Dale was first asked to help with the memorial three or four years ago, to help be the "tool" for information of his son. Soon he became the construction manager for this whole project. He believes that hopefully, this memorial, will bring recognition to not only his son, but all who served to our country. I hope, he said, that through this people will once again remember and recognize those who serve to us.
A little bit of delays?
We know it's been a while, but the designers have been working very hard to map out the piece of land that the memorial will rest on! Unfortunately they have run into a few pesky problems. We have been told that there is a gas line hiding under some of the poles. There are also other delays such as the leakage drain that lays farther down the road, and a telephone line that hangs above the site. Although there are some delays they are working hard to come up with a modified plan for the site. Before they can do the ground breaking they will for sure have to move these. So if you would like to help them go ahead and feel free to give their website a look. There are many ways you can donate time or money. Any way you can help is very much appreciated!