Snohomish County has a proud history of honoring the brave men and women who serve or have served in the United States military. From our annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies to the eternal flame at the Veteran’s Memorial on the County Courthouse, we stand with our service members past and present and the sacrifice they make to protect our freedoms.  

In an effort to continue this tradition, I have partnered with Executive Somers to honor our veteran casualties resulting from the war on terrorism since September 11th, 2001. Since early 2020, we have worked with the Snohomish County Arts Commission to plan a memorial on the Haller/Centennial Trail bridge near Arlington. 

The memorial will honor Snohomish County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terrorism since the tragedy of the 9/11 attack on U.S. soil. This will be the first memorial in Snohomish County dedicated specifically to these brave souls.  

We have worked with local gold star families on this concept and will continue this outreach to ensure that the memorial is an appropriate tribute to our local fallen. 

Earlier this year, the Arts Commission issued a call for artists for concepts of what this memorial will look like. The project will be integrated with the historic bridge that crosses the Stillaguamish River. Proposals were due on April 25th and the Commission will select from the proposals received. The design selection will be unveiled on Memorial Day this year, May 31st, 2021.  

Work will begin later this year on the project and the final product will be revealed and dedicated at next year’s Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30th, 2022.  

I was proud to allocate funding in the 2021 budget for this important project and I thank Executive Somers for his partnership on this project as well as my colleagues on the County Council for their support of this effort. I would specifically like to thank Executive Somers’ Chief of Staff Josh Dugan, a local Navy veteran, for his work to make this project a reality.  

If you would like more information about this project, please do not hesitate in reaching out to me at nate.nehring@snoco.org.  

Nate Nehring is a member of the Snohomish County Council and represents District 1 which includes Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls, Marysville, Stanwood, and unincorporated north county. He can be reached by email at Nate.Nehring@snoco.org or by phone at (425) 512-4810.

 

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