With Veterans Day nearly a month away, the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America is requesting approval from the Boise City Council to install a new memorial honoring Idaho vets who served and were lost in the Vietnam War.
The new memorial would be installed in Boise's Veterans Memorial Park.
Idaho state officials and the Idaho Veterans Advisory Council have already given their OK to the project, which would be installed on the pathway leading to the park's memorial plaza.
To help fund construction, the Vietnam Veterans of America is planning to sell memorial bricks. The monument is expected to be modeled after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Boise's Veterans Memorial Park sits on the site of the original Idaho State Veterans Home and contains several memorials to the men and women who wore a uniform in the nation's service.
Meanwhile, the Idaho Falls Post Register reports an eastern Idaho veterans group has submitted a proposal to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to build a new national veterans cemetery in the Idaho Falls area. Otter would need to sign off on an official request to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which has the final say on national veterans cemeteries.
There are more than 130 national veterans cemeteries in the United States, including one in Boise.
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