The Rutland Veterans Memorial pyramid was placed on site on Thursday, July 3, 2014. It made it to the location just before the Rutland All-School Reunion over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Rutland Veterans Memorial project began in 2012 with the formation of a committee comprised of members of the Rutland American Legion Post No. 115 and members of the Rutland American Legion Auxiliary. The Committee, comprised of Co-Chairs Deborah Banish and Ted Lee, also included Bill Anderson, Carolyn Christensen, Sonja Christensen, and Joan Lee. The Committee, and members of the Post and Auxiliary, held several fundraisers – pancake breakfasts, bake sales, pie and ice cream socials – and solicited contributions from local businesses. Concrete was poured in August 2013 after being delayed by scattered showers. The electricity for the steel column and the lighting, along with the flag poles were already in place with the concrete.
The current pyramid with names of hundreds of Rutland area service men and women still needs a few finishing touches and some landscaping before the project will be completed. There will always be upkeep and maintenance needs and a few names to add as time goes by so there will be a few more fundraising events to help with that important aspect of the project.
If you wish to donate toward this cause, just send a check to the American Legion Auxiliary Veteran’s Memorial and send it to Pamela Maloney, Treasurer, American Legion Auxiliary, PO Box, Rutland, ND 58067.