Standing tall in Warrenton

WARRENTON — The new statue of a Vietnam War soldier, placed near a busy intersection in downtown Warrenton, is the result of a decadeslong effort to honor veterans.

An economic downturn stalled fundraising for the statue more than 20 years ago. When the local Veterans of Foreign Wars decided to try again, they were able to secure more than $40,000 in state grants and donations.

The statue’s dedication folds into ongoing efforts to improve the appearance of downtown and, in particular, the entry points to the city.

“This is a testament to how much our town supports and honors our veterans,” Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer said at a dedication on Saturday. “We are so proud to have this memorial in our town and very grateful for the VFW post as well.”

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