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Elkton students prepare to display flags representing each branch of the United States military during the Veterans Day Assembly at Elkton High School in 2017.

The Elkton School District is creating a Veteran’s Memorial on the Elkton High School Campus, and community members have 10 days left to help out by purchasing tiles honoring individual veterans.

The first phase of the project, already completed, involved installing a new flag pole and concrete pad at the memorial site. Now, the project is in its second phase, involving the sale of 8-by-8 porcelain tiles on which will be engraved the names of the veterans the purchasers want to honor. The veteran listed on a tile does not have to be from Elkton.

The school district will be selling the tiles through Jan. 31. The cost is $50, and each tile will include three lines, room for a name, branch of service and years served. Additional fourth or fifth lines may be added for $10 each.

The third phase will be to take the money from tile sales and use it to buy a monument engraved with the names of the four Elkton High School alumni who lost their lives serving their country.

Donors may also choose to sponsor a veteran, making a donation used to purchase a tile for a local veteran who may not have family to purchase a tile for them. Those donations can be made by mailing a check to Elkton High School with the note “Sponsor a Veteran.”

The memorial is expected to be completed this summer, with an unveiling ceremony during the school’s November veterans assembly.

Information and order forms are available online at the school webpage, www.elkton.k12.or.us or on the Elkton Charter School Facebook page. They can also be obtained by contacting Melissa Whitley at the Elkton School District, 541-584-2228 or by email at Melissa.Whitley@elkton.k12.or.us.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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