July 30, 2019 - This history of the host village, Fort Peck, is interesting. The memorial area stands at the edge of a small town which seems to be seriously declining in population. But the first impressions of a casual visitor are always going to be wrong. This is a company town in every sense. Census numbers prior to the 1930's are not readily available, probably because it was nothing more than an trading post for nearly a century. While the dust of the stock market crash of 1929 the United States Army Corps of Engineers established the post as a government owned town for the managers and engineers involved in the construction of a massive earthen dam and hydroelectric power station.
With that in mind, how in the world was this place selected to host a large regional veterans memorial? Any logical explanation escapes me, but the result is a nice setting which offers a quiet visit on nearly any date.
military operations in the past and in the future"
For me, the most impressive element of this monument is the depiction of a flag covered coffin. The muted colors allow viewers to stand for a moment and remember the day, or days, when they themselves stood to honor a veteran or active duty casualty.
The subscription blocks surround the presentation, a large selection of surnames representing the moden veterns of the region. I saw a few Coasties and one or two Merchant Mariners, but what I noticed most was the numbers of family for which military service was not a choice, it was an assumed obligation. What else do you call six or seven members of one family serving across three or four generations? Maybe it's the luck of the Selective Service draw, but I doubt it.