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New statue in Millerville honors soldiers

An idea five years in the making has finally become a reality for Inspiration Peak American Legion Post 527 in Millerville, as the post now boasts a laser-cut metal statue of a praying soldier.

From left: Legion member Dennis Otto, Legion member Dwight Drone, D.R. Epic owner Dean Raznink and Legion member Jim Otto.
(Left to right) Legion members Dennis Otto and Dwight Drone, D.R. Epic owner Dean Raznink and Legion member Jim Otto pose with the new structure in front of Inspiration Peak American Legion Post 527 in Millerville. (Photo by Beth Leipholtz, Echo Press)

An idea five years in the making has finally become a reality for Inspiration Peak American Legion Post 527 in Millerville, as the post now boasts a laser-cut metal statue of a praying soldier.

"About five years ago we decided we should have something in front of the building," said Commander Greg Slack. "We do memorial services for five different cemeteries for Memorial Day and as we went up to Trinity, we saw this praying soldier statue made from plywood."

Legion member Dwight Drone was the one who pointed out the specific praying soldier structure and approached Slack about creating something similar.

After some searching, Slack and fellow Legion members were able to locate the pattern for the statue. Their next step was finding a business to construct it.

Enter D.R. Epic, a laser manufacturing company in Garfield. Legion members contacted the company, which was more than happy to help.

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"The owner's dad was in military," Slack said. "They decided to donate it because of their love for the military. The owners are unbelieveable. I think we accidentally kind of hit their heart very hard."

The 4-foot by 8-foot, fully black structure now sits in front of the building, a stark contrast against the white wall.

"We've had comments and calls already, people saying, 'Wow, does that look nice,'" Slack said. "We have to thank Epic for going way beyond."

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