World War II Veteran breaks ground on Mokane memorial

86 year-old World War II veteran Harold Lloyd Boone breaks ground for a new veterans memorial in Mokane Sunday.

Members of American Veterans Post 153 and other residents gathered in Mokane Sunday to watch 86 year-old Harold Lloyd Boone symbolically break ground for a new memorial to the area's veterans.

"I think the memorial will help the town," Boone said. "It will be something that people can look at. There will be the names of veterans on it... I think there will be a lot of visitors to it."

Boone has lived in Mokane for most of his life and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 and retired in 1970.

The rectangular monument will be built near the American Veterans Post 153 off of Fulton Avenue. Half of the memorial will bear the name of veterans from Mokane. The other half will be reserved for the names of veterans from nearby communities.

Post member Robert Spencer said they've been planning to build the memorial for about a year.

"Veterans just want to give something back," Spencer said. "That's what we're doing. We're going to honor other veterans."

Boone and Spencer both hope the memorial will bring some traffic into Mokane to see the memorial once it's completed.

County Commissioner Randy Kleindenst said he is happy to see that Mokane will have a monument to the sacrifices that local veterans have made.

"This is a tight-knit community," Kleindienst said. "We all have respect and admiration for the veterans in our community. We appreciate the sacrifice that gives us the right to come down here and enjoy each other's company."

All three men said they hope the memorial preserves the memory of the residents who have given their lives to preserve their way of life.