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Quesenberry completes memorial for Vietnam veterans

May 28, 2012

Photo by Becky Polaski - The back of the Vietnam veterans' memorial now at Memorial Park simply reads, "Welcome Home."

Area Vietnam veterans now have their own memorial at Memorial Park in St. Marys.
Matthew Quesenberry Jr., a student at St. Marys Area High School and a member of Troop 199, completed his Eagle Scout project just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.
Quesenberry was given a few minutes to address the crowd during Monday morning's Memorial Day ceremony, and briefly recounted his inspiration for the project.
"On a trip to a World War II museum in Eldred, I realized what I wanted to do for an Eagle Scout project. The gentleman who showed us the museum stressed the importance of thanking veterans daily. I began to do this, and slowly uncovered the Vietnam story," Quesenberry said. "Many of the veterans whom I approached turned out to have served in Vietnam and the impact it had on them was tremendous."
From start to finish, the project took Quesenberry roughly a year. The monument was installed last Wednesday and the landscaping was completed the following day.

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