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Give the gift that won't be forgotten

Remember what you gave your significant other, or your son or daughter, for Christmas last year? Some folks probably can still remember.

How about two years ago? That's a little more difficult to recall.

Three years ago? Not many of us, if any, can bring to mind what we gifted our loved ones during the holiday season that long ago.

This year, however, Lower Valley families have the opportunity to present a Christmas gift to their loved ones that in all likelihood will be hard to erase from their memories.

A lasting tribute to all military veterans who hail from the Lower Yakima Valley is being erected in downtown Sunnyside. The plans on the drawing board, approved and already moving forward, are quite frankly stunning. Once complete, this veterans memorial will be five times larger than the exquisite, elaborate tribute to vets that was dedicated several years back at the Sunnyside cemetery.

This new memorial isn't being paid for with taxpayers' money or any funds from the city, state or federal government. Rather, it's being funded by the sale of plaques. The name of the veteran will be etched on the plaque, then mounted onto striking granite walls that will adorn the downtown Sunnyside plaza.

The great thing about the plan, is that it's affordable. For about the price of a home game console and a couple of video games to plug into it, the military veteran in your family will be memorialized for time eternal. What better way to honor the sacrifice your husband, wife, son or daughter made for this great country?

The plaques are selling for a modest sum of $300. In order to get the eight granite walls erected for this current phase of the project, about 600 of the plaques need to be ordered.

Normally, the fees for the plaques are paid in full when a family member orders one for the veteran they choose to honor. But because it's the holiday season, to help ensure that the Christmas gift you give to that special person this year will be remembered for all time, down payments as low as $50 will be accepted. Ordering the plaque now guarantees the veteran in your family a spot on this lasting tribute.

Those who choose to take advantage of this opportunity will receive a full-size image of what the plaque will look like, which can be framed and given to your veteran this Christmas. Orders for the plaques can be phoned in to Greg Schlieve at 882-4498.

This is a great chance to give a Christmas gift that won't be easily forgotten. It's also a unique opportunity to make the veteran in your family a part of what could easily become the crown jewel in the city of Sunnyside.

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