After about five years from conception, to planning, to piece-by-piece installation, the Fallon County Veterans’ Memorial was officially dedicated May 27, 2013 – Memorial Day.
Posted May 31, 2013
By Lisa Kilsdonk
After about five years from conception, to planning, to piece-by-piece installation, the Fallon County Veterans’ Memorial was officially dedicated May 27, 2013 – Memorial Day. “Tom McGonigal was part of the committee when we started planning,” said Drury Phebus, one of the committee members.
World War II veteran Drury Phebus has worked tirelessly on the project. “So far there are 1,162 names on the plaques of the monument,” Phebus remarked. “We’ll be adding to that because we still have some serving over in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
The event kicked off with a meal from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. followed by the dedication ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Part of the ceremony was held at the American Legion Hall and included three musical numbers provided by a few members of the Baker High School Band – most of whom had relatives who had served. Baker High School band instructor Jill Whiteman directed. American Legion Post #35 Commander Sheila Bondell gave the Memorial Day address and then introduced the speaker, Linda Wolff, of Miles City. Due to the weather, that portion of the ceremony was held at the hall.
“Linda Wolff gave a very stirring, patriotic speech,” Phebus said.
The memorial itself is located at Lund Memorial Park, more commonly referred to as the city park or the hospital park because it is located just north of Fallon Medical Complex (FMC).
Phebus remarked that many of those attending the meal enjoyed the gallery of over 300 pictures of Fallon County veterans on display at the American Legion. “If anyone wants to send us a 5×7 of a local veteran, we’d like to add it to the gallery, but that’s another project,” Phebus said on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, already moving forward from the completion of a five year project.