Photos by Victoria Stanish -
On Saturday, two monuments dedicated to the St. Marys veterans buried in the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries were dedicated. The project was spearheaded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail and received great support from the community. At left is the dedication at the Catholic cemetery, with Father Daniel Wolfel, OSB, blessing the monument. At right, the Rev. Mary Norton gives a blessing during the ceremony held at the Protestant Cemetery.
After more than a year of fundraising, planning and work, members of the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail saw their vision realized during the dedication of veterans' monuments at the St. Mary's Catholic and Protestant cemeteries Saturday afternoon.
The idea for the monuments honoring the veterans laid to rest in the community's cemeteries was first discussed by detail members in March 2011, and they promptly got the ball rolling with outreach and fundraising efforts.