‘A sacred place’: Fundraiser launched to help refurbish veterans’ memorial in Helena

At nearly three-quarters of a century, the Lewis and Clark County Veterans’ Memorial is showing its age and needs a makeover.

Today is the 74th anniversary of the veteran’s memorial, and due to the natural damage of prolonged community use, the monument is undergoing repairs to restore its commitment to the recognition of the county’s military sacrifices.

“It has been determined that the original surface applied to the horizontal elements of the memorial needs to be repaired and or replaced,” according to retired Col. Ray Read, a member of the Lewis and Clark County Memorial Foundation.

The Lewis and Clark County Veterans’ Memorial in Helena’s Memorial Park.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gene Prendergast, president of the Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, said “Those named here gave their all. They were killed in combat and we can just never forget them.

“That’s why myself and fellow members of the board are so proud of this memorial,” Prendergast said. “It is a sacred place.”

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