Idaho city's project for veterans nears completion
The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho
KIMBERLY, Idaho — Drive into Kimberly and you’ll likely notice a new cast-iron arch greeting visitors and residents into the town.
With the words “Veterans Honored” scrawled across the top, the arch is the first sign that Kimberly’s first veteran’s recognition and welcome site is almost complete.
It’s taken several months and great persistence to move the project from a simple idea into fruition, but it was worth the effort, said Lanny Ames, of American Legion Post 76 in Kimberly.
Flags will soon line the arch to symbolize each branch of the military, and the site will be landscaped to be more inviting for the public to visit.
“This isn’t a memorial for those who have died,” Ames said. “This is for every veteran.”
Those who have served in the military are recognized on 9/11 and Veteran’s Day. But they do not get continuous support and appreciation throughout the year, he said.
Building more memorials and recognition sites helps raise awareness that local support networks are needed.
“We need to always thank them for their service,” Ames said.
The project was proposed by Wayne Sayer, who began collecting donated materials and flags.
The idea quickly gained support from the community and city officials, who also wanted to see the project completed.
The Kimberly City Council backed Sayer’s idea from the start, said Mayor Tracy Armstrong. They helped find the right location and guide Sayer on what he would need to do to get the project going.
“This is a historic day for Kimberly,” Armstrong said. “This is a great project.”
The site will be dedicated Nov. 11, Veterans Day, in a public ceremony, Ames said.