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The proposed memorial.

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The Teton-Newdale Cemetery is the final resting place of 257 veterans. Last February the Teton-Newdale Cemetery Veteran Memorial group acquired the necessary permissions to erect a memorial in their honor.

One of the many names that will be engraved on the stone is a man named Dave Bishoff. He isn’t buried in the cemetery but he is from the Teton City-Moody area. Bishoff was in the Army and was captured in the Philippines. He died in a prison camp in Cabanatuan on Jan. 27, 1943. His body was never returned.

The non-profit spent two years researching the names in the cemetery and veteran backgrounds. After careful planning and acquiring the right permissions Gene Mace, lead on the project, said they’re in the fundraising phase.

Mace said they want three stones with information and names on the front and back of all three stones. They’ll also have a welcome stone a series of flags for every branch of the military to be represented. They’ve already chosen Falls Monument, in Idaho Falls, to create the monument. The company worked on a similar memorial at a different cemetery. The total cost of the project is about $22,000. Right now they’ve raised only $5,000.

Mace said their fundraising came to a halt in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said they’ve spoken with a number of groups including the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs.

Mace said it takes three months to order the stones for the project and they had hoped to have the project finished by October so they could have a celebration by Veterans Day 2020 but they would need to order the stones by early July and that’s just not possible at this point.

The non-profit will be setting up a booth at the Teton-Newdale Cemetery this Saturday through Monday for public information and donations.

Those who wish to donate to the proposed memorial can do so at Beehive Federal Credit Union under the “Teton-Newdale Cemetery Veteran Memorial” account. Or on Venmo at Gene Mace @tncvetmemorial. For updates on progress visit their Facebook page at Teton-Newdale Cemetery Veteran Memorial