Coeur d”Alene dedicate new veterans memorial

Plummer, Idaho (AP) June 2010

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe has dedicated a new war memorial to honor tribal members who fought and died in American wars and conflicts.

The May 29th dedication ceremony in Plummer drew about 500 people from across the Northwest.

Tribe Vice Chairman Ernie Stensgar said the memorial recognizes Coeur d’Alene tribal warriors and the sacrifices they have made for freedom. The Coeur d’Alene Press reports that members of the tribe have served in every branch of the military during periods of war.

The memorial is located at the trailhead of the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, near U.S. 95 north of Plummer. It features a steel sculpture of a tribal warrior on horseback hoisting a peace pipe. Stones include the etched names of tribal members who have served in battles.

Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo says the memorial is inspiring and a reflection of the commitment of the tribe to service.