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Veterans' Memorial in Lewistown, Montana

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  • Veterans' Memorial in Lewistown, Montana

    Friends, Fellow Marines, Brothers,
    The city of Lewistown, Montana is well along in building a Veterans Memorial. As current
    Commandant of the local Marine Corps League, I've been asked to get a message out for
    The Memorial design incorporates statues of representatives of each of the armed services
    as well as a statue to honor women who have directly supported our military. A final
    statue that is proposed will display a widow with small children looking on toward the
    service members who are standing facing three flag poles. The flags include, the US Flag,
    a Montana Flag and a POW/MIA Flag.
    Currently we are working with the Memorial Committee for our Marine statue image. We
    need images, photos or otherwise, to present details to the bronze casting artist,
    representing a young Marine Sergeant in "Dress Greens" from the Korean era. Though
    ribbons will not be in color some idea of pertinent ribbons and badges for the era are
    needed. Exact details of appropriate shoes are needed as well.
    This will be, to the best of our knowledge and research, the only representation of a
    Marine at a memorial in the state of Montana, a state that has a number of veterans
    memorials. Lewistown is right in the center of the state a great location for this memorial.
    Of course, since these statues cost approximately $15,000.00 each, we also need money.
    Anyone so inclined to support this memorial may use the following contacts.
    For contributions to be credited to the Marine Corps League please contact:
    Greg J. Hargadon
    Cmdt. Charles E. Marshall Detachment MCL
    1097 North Jenni Rd.
    Lewistown, MT 59457
    Ph. 406-538-3839
    If anyone prefers to make a contribution directly to the Memorial they may contact the
    committee chairman,
    Tom Killham
    Veterans Memorial Park
    PO Box 852
    Lewistown, MT 59457
    Ph. 406-538-5603
    Any contribution of $1000.00 or more merits that donors name on a plaque at the
    memorial. Our League detachment already has several hundred dollars collected from
    local donors for the project and would like to get together enough to be listed as a donor.
    Of course if anyone wants to contribute enough to have their own name listed please let us
    know your desire and that will be arranged and honored.
    Please forward this memo as widely as possible.
    Thank You,
    Greg J. Hargadon
    Sgt. USMC
    VMO-2, RVN, 68-69