Veterans Memorial dedicated in St. George

Veterans Memorial dedicated in St. George

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- St. George veterans are remembered on granite slabs raised to honor those who died in service.

City workers searched records and grave sites for veterans buried in the St. George cemeteries so those names could be carved onto the granite slabs, which were dedicated in a ceremony Saturday.

A 10-member brass band played at the dedication, which included anthems for each branch of the military.

"We salute all of you veterans and those who have sacrificed while they were away," said Jay R. Blake, a retired U.S. Army Colonel.

More than 650 names have been discovered and there is a capacity for about 3,000 names, said Marc Mortensen, assistant city manager.

Veterans from the Civil War and Spanish-American war were among those found buried in St. George city cemeteries.

Mayor Dan McArthur said the monument was made to honor those who have died and have given their services in the pursuit of freedom.

"Service members endure so the rest of us can prosper," McArthur said.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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