Monte veterans memorial to be dedicated

The memorial wall made possible by an anonymous donor and a committee’s efforts will be installed and dedicated in Fleet Park at Montesano Sept. 15 at 11 a.m.

The Marion J. “Bogey” Bogdanovich Veterans Memorial is a granite slab three feet long, three feet high and six inches deep bearing engraved names of more than 100 service men and women who lived in Monte. The name recognizes one of the city’s favorite sons, an educator and decorated Marine who served in the Korean War.

“This would have been an honor to him to be placed at the top of a list of such American heroes,” said Bogdanovich’s daughter, Angela, when the memorial was announced. “I know this is bringing a tear to his eye, even now.”

“He was vivacious. It was unbelievable to know him,” committee member Bev Hall said. “Something should be in Montesano bearing his name for all he did.”

The ceremony will include several dignitaries and performers, including Miss Grays Harbor Melissa Hornback, who will sing, along with her sisters Tonya and Stephanie. Members of the Harbors Marine Corps League and the National Guard will be in attendance.

Names for the wall were submitted earlier this year and engraved at no cost to the families. Organizers plan for the wall to be expanded if more names are received. Late submissions can be added for a $50 engraving fee.

Call the Montesano VFW post at (360) 249-3631 with any questions.