New Statues Unveiled

By: Allison Banzhof
By: Allison Banzhof

The Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park held a Veterans Ceremony Saturday morning, this ceremony was extra special because of a new addition to the park.

The Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park unveiled the Welcome Statues today. And like many Grand Junction Mayor Jim Doody's family was no exception to the harsh reality of the Vietnam War era.

Mayor Doody's brother died while serving in Vietnam. To honor his brother and other Vietnam Veterans, Doody wanted an artist who could capture the sentiment of that time.

The new memorial is a reminder for some Vietnam vets of their own welcome home experience. And some say the Welcome Home Statue also serves as a symbol of our country's legacy. The statues, made of bronze, are designed to last for hundreds of years and serve as a reminder to honor and remember our nation's veterans.

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