Veterans upset by the November theft of 11 memorial plaques from the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent are raising money to replace them.
The brass plaques along a memorial walkway gave cemetery visitors a chance to learn a little about the units in which deceased veterans served, such as the 10th Mountain Division. They were donated to the cemetery by service groups.
“They were trying to leave a little piece of history for their grandkids,” said cemetery director Jim Trimbo.
He estimated that the plaques would cost $20,000 to replace. He said it would cost at least $3,000 to install them if police recover the plaques.
The Tahoma National Cemetery Support Group is leading the fundraising drive. People with questions can call Trimbo at 425-413-9614.
Donations can be sent to:
The T.N.C. Support Group
C/O Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 S.E. 240th St.
Kent, WA 98042-4868