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New monument planned at Kootenai Co. courthouse

COEUR d'ALENE - A new memorial honoring the sacrifice of those who died on the battlefield during the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan will be added to the Ronald D. Rankin Veterans Memorial Plaza this year.

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

The new Killed in Action monument will go next to the existing piece, and be made of black granite with a life-size cast bronze of the iconic Battlefield Cross; a soldier's boots, weapon and helmet. More here. Cda Press

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