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Veterans Memorial Becomes Designated Site After Heartfelt Ceremony

Patriot Guard Riders

Garden Valley – Over two hundred people came from different areas of Boise County to witness the dedication of the official Veterans Memorial site at Weilmunster Park in Garden Valley.  The ceremony was simple but patriotic as the U.S. flag and the P.O.W. were flown for the first time over the memorial.  Speakers brought a few tears to people’s eyes as veterans were remembered for their dedication to defending the freedoms we hold dear.

Chaplin Fa’asoa M. Fa’asoa did the Invocation.


Keynote speaker was Brigadier General (ret) Alan Gayhart.

The Keynote Address given by Brigadier General (ret) Alan Gayhart

Patriot Guard Riders lined the Memorial behind each pedestal.

The raising of the US Flag with a POW flag below it.

Keynote was Brigadier General (ret) Alan Gayhart, Chaplin Fa’asoa M. Fa’asoa did the Invocation. The people who were holding the flags along the perimeter were all members of the Patriot Guard Riders who participate as honor guards, or a buffer against protesters, or a presence at funerals, ceremonies, or other military functions. The State Captain was there with them at this ceremony as well. The Patriot Guard Riders have chapters across the nation.

Dick Polley was guest singer. Chris Gill Foster gave a short presentation of how the memorial plans got started and listed the generous donors who made plaques and construction possible.  Mel Nowland is a Gold Star mother who lost her son in Afghanistan a few years ago. She gave a heartfelt message to the crowd, sharing her thoughts of why this Memorial will be so special to her and many other veterans.


Chris (Gill) Foster, President of the Garden Valley Syringa Club, shared with the audience about how the Memorial idea got started and thanked the community that helped with generous donations to get the plan to happen.

Mel Nowland, a Gold Star Family member, spoke of the importance of this Memorial.

God Bless America sung by Dick Polley

Now the Veterans Memoria can grow, and veterans can be forever remembered through the “Buy a Brick” Program. These bricks will line the memorial site starting its own wall of remembrances.  Foster excitedly says, “Lots of brick orders have come in already!” The memorial has been embraced by the community by its show of support. Granite bricks will be engraved with Veteran’s name and branch of service and years of service.

Order forms are available in Garden Valley at the Library, city hall, the school, the radio station and Cranberryhill Studio, Middlefork Trailhead and other various locations. Horseshoe Bend has them at their city hall and the library.  Jim White will be taking some to Idaho City and place them in various locations. All donations are tax deductible. Printable Form is below as well.

Veterans talking with other Veterans.



Buy A Brick Form – click to enlarge and print
Written by Janet Juroch
Photos by Janet Juroch