WSU Tri-Cities unveils veterans monument

<p>Veterans Monument</p>

Veterans Monument

After more than a year of planning and fundraising, veterans and school administrators at Washington State University Tri-Cities unveil a new veterans monument today.

The monument was built to honor all veterans in the Tri-Cities, and to show that veterans are welcome at WSU Tri-Cities.

The monument is called "Stories".

It is a bronze sculpture that is meant to look like an open book that has been left outside and hit by a dust devil, whirling five pages more than ten feet into the air.

Each page has a short message written by veterans and family members of veterans.

Veterans who attended the dedication ceremony today say the monument is a symbol of support for them.

"It stands for stories. It stands for a welcome symbol for all veterans that come here, veterans that are here, to let veterans like myself and other veterans know that we're not alone on campus" said Jason Alves, Navy veteran.

There are 120 student veterans at WSU Tri-Cities.

That's about 8% of the campus population.

The memorial isn't 100% complete yet.

A couple of benches are expected to be installed around the monument in the next couple of weeks.

WSU Tri-Cities has also been named a Veteran Supportive Campus and it is listed as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.