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Wall construction progressing slowly

September 15, 1998

Construction of a stone-faced memorial wall between the veterans' monuments in Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway is behind schedule but coming along beautifully, project backers told the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday morning.

Students from the International Masonry Institute at Fort Ritchie are providing free labor for the project, said James L. Sprecher Sr., president of the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County, Md.

Students are doing both the block work and hand-cut stone work for the facing, Sprecher said.

The project started out as a modest proposal to build a retaining wall to level the ground between the two memorials, he said.

It mushroomed into large-scale construction of a wall mimicking a historical Washington County five-arch bridge, Sprecher said.

The project was expected to be completed by July.

Due to delays, including the summer suspension of classes and problems with the stone, the project won't be completed in time for Veterans Day observances this year, Sprecher said.

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The goal now is to have the wall finished by Memorial Day 1999, he said.

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