NEWPORT— “Until you’re home again.”
Fred G. Anderson, called Newport home, cared about the community, and was especially proud of his hometown as well as his Veteran status. Both were honored last Tuesday, as the City of Newport dedicated the Fred. G. Anderson Veterans Memorial Park.
The unveiling of the stone inscribed with “Until you’re home again” is dedicated to all of the men and women who have honorably served their country in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Those that made the ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Newport Mayor Shirley Sands presided over the ceremony and thanked everyone for coming as she thanked everyone responsible for turning the cell tower space on Union Street into a visually ascetic asset to the city.
She honored Isaiah Campbell of Boy Scout Troop 630 for many service hours towards the park which he chose as his Eagle project.
“A quote from Eleanor Roosevelt is ‘the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.’ And the dream started with future vision when Mayor Anderson was in office for eight years. Fred was a leader and always had a vision of how things should be left for the next generation. He always said ‘if what we are doing as leaders won’t make a difference in 10 years, why are we doing it,’ said Mayor Sands.
Anderson passed away in 2010 from cancer but was born and raised in Newport and served our country as a Marine in the Vietnam War. He lived life to the fullest and his family was on hand Tuesday for the honor and to see the stone that dedicates the park in Anderson’s name.
Nick Tucker sang the national anthem and amazing grace was performed on bagpipes by Eric Schutte and Bill Prater. Prayers were given by Chaplain Ed Zupich. Flags were raised and displayed by Ralph Billbe and George Lunden for Army, Jim Chesaron and Jim Chivington for Marines, O.B. Scott and Ed Hendrickson for Navy, Frank Capehart and Chaplain Ed Zupich for the Air Force, Bruce Bond and Phil Wareham for Coast Guard and Isaiah Campbell and Tucker Stott, Boy Scout Troop 630 fro POW/MIA.
A 21 gun salute was given by Commander Bill McNutt, Chey Averyt, Chuck Amburgey, John Elliott, Larry Mason, Greg Meyer, Steve Nolting and Bob Mollenkopf as bugler Tom Garrett played taps.
Mayor Sands thanked Frank Capehart, Commander of American Legion Post 217 of Cusick, and the members of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars for taking part in the dedication of the Fred G. Anderson Veterans Memorial Park.
Other thank you’s were acknowledged for Buck Quarter Ranch and Diane Mooney and Oldtown Hardware for donations of materials, American Legion Riders Post 9 from Spokane, Jake Wagoner who installed the sidewalks and brick wall, Bill McCraw who did all the electrical work and installed the light, and city employees Ray King, Chris Tellessen, Doug Carey, Michael Anderson, Ryan Tellessen and the city crew.
“John Quincy Adams once said: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader,” Mayor Sands noted when giving the inspiration for the name of the park. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave,” Sands added.