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Headway being made on veterans memorial

Although it may not seem as though there has been much progress at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza in recent years, that's about to change.

According to Greg Schlieve, who along with the Sunnyside VFW is spearheading the revitalization project, progress will be evident this fall and next spring.

He spoke last night at the Sunnyside City Council meeting, stating progress has been slow "...much slower than we believed."

The park was recently excavated and is ready for curbing, sidewalks and the granite walls that have been purchased to memorialize veterans who served in any capacity.

"We have all the funding," said Schlieve, stating granite plaques with the names of veterans have been purchased and are ready to be set in place.

He said the plaques honor veterans, whether they served one day during a time of peace or many years during a time of war. If the veteran was a member of the armed services in any capacity, they can be honored and memorialized at the veterans plaza.

Schlieve told the council plaques can be purchased to memorialize any veteran who served within the ranks of allied military forces, as well.

Councilman Don Vlieger commended the Sunnyside VFW for establishing the memorial.

"I believe it is the largest granite memorial in Washington or Eastern Washington," he said.

Vlieger asked if the city could assist with the project and Schlieve said the city's staff could offer expertise in assuring the sidewalks meet the needs of handicapped individuals.

When asked how individuals can purchase a plaque, Schlieve said applications are available at city hall and information is available at the Jerry Taylor Veterans Plaza.

He also said a website is in the development stages and once it goes live, applications will be available online.

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