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Steven Friederich | The Vidette Mayor Ken Estes looks down at the new wall, while folding up tarp, as another bystander looks on.Buy Photo
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Mayor Ken Estes looks down at the new wall, while folding up tarp, as another bystander looks on.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Esther Jacobson and others lift the tarp off the new third addition of the Veterans Memorial Monday morning at Fleet Park in Montesano.Buy Photo
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Esther Jacobson and others lift the tarp off the new third addition of the Veterans Memorial Monday morning at Fleet Park in Montesano.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Friends, family and veterans gather Monday morning at the installation of third piece of the veteran’s wall, installed at Fleet Park in Montesano.Buy Photo
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Friends, family and veterans gather Monday morning at the installation of third piece of the veteran’s wall, installed at Fleet Park in Montesano.

Esther Jacobson’s dad died a few years back, but she thinks he would have appreciated his name on the shiny new black granite stone at Fleet Park.

“His name was Alfred Anderson and he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II,” she said.

His name now stands next to dozens of other veterans, both living and dead, as part of the latest addition to the Marion J. Bogdanovich Veterans Memorial Wall in Fleet Park. The family of Bogdanovich donated the two pieces of wall at the park, but the city saw an increased demand to add more names and brought in a third addition on Monday.

The wall includes hundreds of names from all branches of the military. The oldest name on the wall is Martin Furnia, which dates to the Civil War. He was in the U.S. Army.

Veterans or their families can pay $60 to have their name engraved on the wall. Fern Hill Cemetery does the work. The wall will have the latest names provided with new additions added when 10 names have been collected.

Names can still be listed after the dedication of the memorial. Criteria includes that the veteran must hold an honorable discharge, have been a resident of Montesano, currently serving or previous service, and have proof to support the submission. Submissions should be directed to VFW Post No. 2455, 315 S. Main St., Montesano. People can stop by or call the VFW at (360) 249-3631.