East Helena Servicemembers Monument 2019 Rebuild Project
The Main Street Park Servicemembers Monument had deteriorated to the point that it was unbefitting the memories and sacrifices made by those whose names appeared on it. The addition of new names of more recent veterans and servicemembers were restricted by space and deteriorated panels. A committee of veterans and concerned citizens was established to move forward with design and construction of a new Monument in Main Street Park to replace the old structure. The East Helena Cory-Dullum Post 10010 VFW and the City of East Helena have moved forward to replace the old memorial with a new monument.
On Veterans Day, November 11, 2019, the Servicemembers Monument was officially dedicated.
A Brief History of the Memorial
According to the Prickly Pear Junction East Helena historical book, the Main Street Park “Servicemen’s Monument” was dedicated September 6, 1943 and constructed by the people of the East Helena community, it included the names of local people in the Helena area, mostly from East Helena, who served during WWI and WWII. It was rebuilt in 1980, with more names added from the Korean and Vietnam Wars.