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USS Duluth to be Honored at New Memorial Site

Updated: 07/29/2014 6:22 PM
Created: 07/29/2014 5:42 PM WDIO.com

Daniel Fanning, communications and policy director for the City of Duluth, said volunteers and the ship's crew mates make up a large part of the construction. 

Fanning said volunteers made a trip to Texas recently to pick up the ship's anchor and return it to Duluth. Volunteers will also help with landscaping and setting up the memorial, he said.

The USS Duluth crew visited Duluth last summer. Fanning said while they were here, an idea to build a memorial began. 

"The mayor and the entire city was very excited ... and very honored to be a part of that, so they came up with the idea to host the anchor down by the Lakewalk right next to the Vietnam Memorial," Fanning said. 

A great way to honor veterans, the ship and its crew, Fanning said.

"I think it's a really great way to honor the ship and the crew who have represented the city and our name so well at sea for many years, including in battle so it's just a way of really honoring the ship and the crew," he said.

Fanning said the city is tentatively planning to unveil the monument on August 22, which lines up with the city's Navy Week celebrations. 

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