The public is invited to Tuesday's ground-breaking for a new veterans monument at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
The 11 a.m. ceremony will be on the grassy area at the corner of Sprout Road and Crimson Way, near the school's East Building.
Tom McClelland designed the monument, intended be a show of support for the school's veterans, who make up about 11 percent of the student body.
The monument will be an open book with five pages flying up from it as if they were caught in a whirlwind. Stories, quotes and anecdotes from veterans and those connected to them will be inscribed on the pages.
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WSU Tri-Cities' Veterans Club Association and Support spearheads fundraising for the project. Primary donors include Randolph Construction Services, Columbia Engineers LLC, Columbia Center Rotary Club and Ice Harbor Brewing Co.