The Idaho Gold Star Families Memorial Monument Plaza will be constructed in the Northgate District in Pocatello, ID, on ground donated by Portneuf Development, LLC. The Memorial has been designed by a committee and community members to serve as a place of healing and peace for families in Idaho who have lost loved ones to military service. Groundbreaking on this monument recently occurred in April, 2019. It is the only monument of its kind in the state and surrounding region.
The monument, depicting service to the homeland, family, patriot, and sacrifice, will be surrounded by 44 gold stars, one for each of Idaho's counties. Spaced around the edge of the plaza will be five eagle feathers, representing each of the state's federally recognized Native American Tribes. The massive Gold Star in the center of the plaza will recognize the loss experienced by loved ones when a service member makes the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. The monument will be a place of healing, reflection, appreciation, community, and peace. Members of the Pocatello Rotary Club, individually and through their businesses, will be providing funds for the center Gold Star in the monument.
The cost of the gold star is $18,000, and $13,000 of this amount has already been pledged by our members for its completion, which is scheduled for fall of 2019 (no later than spring, 2020). In recognition of the contribution toward this portion of the memorial, Pocatello Rotary Club/Rotary District 5400 would be listed on the project's granite Sponsors monument permanent website as a Gold Star Sponsor.
Addendum to Project Description (added after the project was signed)
There will be multiple opportunities for Rotarians to contribute hands-on service in relation to this project. One of the most noteworthy will be during the landscaping phase of the project. This will be a one-third acre plaza requiring extensive final grading - i.e., shovel work - and planting. Rotarians will be encouraged to participate, as planting by a landscaping company would be an extra and (we hope) avoidable expense.
Our Veteran's committee, which occasionally hosts memorial and celebratory events in our community, will also be very likely to utilize this space as appropriate for events appropriate for the memorial.