Veterans dedication in Little Canada

On June 14 — Flag Day — some 150 people turned out for the Phase II dedication of Veterans Memorial Park in Little Canada.

The need for the more than $200,000 memorial, funded by donations and built in part by donated work, was brought to the attention of the Little Canada City Council by Vietnam veteran Rocky Waite in mid-2012.

Construction of the memorial began in June 2014 and it was dedicated later that year on a cold and windy Veterans Day.

Described as a “persistent person” by Mayor John Keis, an understatement as acknowledged by the crowd, Waite spearheaded the fundraising for Veterans Memorial Park, which was supported by the city, local businesses and numerous residents.

Waite said the memorial recognizes soldiers who were killed in action, mentioning 22-year-old Bryan T. McDonough, who was killed in late 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq.

At around 5:15 p.m. while Waite spoke, two planes flew over the memorial.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

 

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