Boise County getting first veterans memorial

Posted at 10:01 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 00:02:18-05

Saws are cutting and bricks are being laid at Weilmunster park in Boise County.

"We are creating a veterans memorial to give honor to our currently serving military, our veterans past and present, retired, anyone who served our county," said Chris Gill, President of the Syringa Club in Garden Valley.

The memorial will be the first dedicated veterans memorial in the county.

The idea started with the Garden Valley Parks and Recreation District Board asked to have a lighted flag at the park. 

Then, Gill looked into it and realized that Boise County didn't have a designated veterans memorial.

She made it her mission to make sure there was a site to honor the veterans of the area and the county which she said makes up a huge percentage of the population.

"There is a lot up here and most of them you wouldn't know. They are just everyday citizens and they're not ones to talk about what they've done but they are here and we want to make sure they know that this is for them," said Gill.

The memorial will include a tall lighted flagpole, a dedication plaque, and 5 pedestals that represent each of the military branches, something that Melissa Nowland is incredibly grateful for.

"It's going to be outstanding for our local vets currently serving, past, present, it's going to be awesome," said Nowland.

Nowland's son, U.S. Army SPC. Robert Dias died for his country in 2011.
"He is currently at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery down in Boise so we pass there every time we go to the valley and we will stop on special occasions, his birthday or veterans day," said Nowland.

But Nowland said this is the area she feels him the most and it will be extremely powerful to come to the memorial and reflect on her son's sacrifice and all the others who sacrificed as well.

"You can come right down here and have your mediation, just have a moment of some solitude, and pray and just thinking of him and pray for others," said Nowland.

"It's a setting that gives you peace. It can bring peace to those that struggle. It can bring peace to those that just want to share. It's just a common ground," said Gill. 

The dedication ceremony will take place Saturday 11/11 at 1:00 p.m. at the park.The public is invited to attend.