War memorial to be dedicated

Ceremony set for Saturday at courthouse

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A bronze battlefield cross is part of the new War on Terrorism memorial that will be dedicated and unveiled on Saturday at 1p.m. in the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Kootenai county Courthouse. The public is invited.

COEUR d'ALENE - A new War on Terrorism memorial will be dedicated and unveiled on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Kootenai County Courthouse.

The public is invited.

State and local officials are slated to speak at the event. Members of the Idaho Army National Guard are expected to attend.

Kerri Rankin Thoreson, plaza curator, began working on the project early this year.

In 1998 an 8-foot-tall black granite Killed in Action monument was placed in the plaza. It bears the names of local soldiers who died in the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The new monument includes a bronze battlefield cross. It includes the names of Nick Newby and Nate Byers. Both local soldiers were serving in the Idaho Army National Guard when they were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2011.

Contributions to the plaza can be sent to: Veterans Memorial Plaza Fund, c/o Commissioners Office, P.O. Box 9000, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816. No public funds have been or will be used in the maintenance of the plaza or for the addition of memorials. Ongoing recognition of local veterans at the plaza is dependent upon private donations.

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