Flathead Veterans Memorial "We Will Never Forget"
On the Fourth of July, 2007, Jack Heller and Chuck Olson delivered a dream they had envisioned a year before to bring a new veterans memorial to Kalispell. They started the project as a way to show appreciation to servicemen and women. The donations that came in during that time included all the concrete and the granite around the memorial. Dave Meredith served as the architect and contractor for the project. The memorial credits Meredith, along with Grende, for "creating a masterpiece" in the completed monument. Also named Roy Beckman of Meredith Construction, Don Anderson of Anderson Masonry and Dan and Catherine Blair of Granite Creek as top donors.
Even school children got into the spirit, including Chuck's granddaughter's first-grade class. He pointed out that some of those children will remember their contribution when the community opens the memorial's time capsule in 50 years. The contents of the time capsule will include a video of the ceremony, all the articles about the memorial as well as military medals and other mementos.
Chuck Olson & Jack Heller plan to continue offering engraved bricks. A sound and audio orientation system where visitors would hear about the memorial as well as some of the past Flathead Veterans was just recently added.
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