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New veteran memorial in West Rutland

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In the center of West Rutland now stands a tribute to the men and women who served during World War II.

For two years, residents in West Rutland talked about building a World War II memorial monument. It's purpose was two-fold.

"One, was that the names of all the men and women should be individually marked on this wall. Second, this memorial should be in a place of honor; public enough to be accessible to everyone, but private enough where people could enjoy meditation and reflection on their ancestor's role in WWII," said Mary Reczek, with the West Rutland Historical Society.

"Over 600 men and women from West Rutland had left home and family to serve in that war, to protect and preserve the freedom and liberty which we cherish," said John Zawistoski, part of the WWII Memorial Committee.

The committee says approximately 20% of the town's population responded to service calls.

Scattered among Saturday's crowd were a few who were in that percentile.

"We enjoyed it. Like I said, we didn't expect all of this," said Emma Czachor, wife of a WWII Veteran.

The names on the granite walls are the men and women who served during the war. It's a way for the town and others to remember those who served during that time.

"Before all that remains of the generation is monuments and memories, I encourage everyone to express their appreciation for those men and women who have served and toiled during war," said Richard Aldridge, the Keynote Speaker.

World War II ended 70 years ago yet the memory of that time lives on through etchings in stone.

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