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Honoring those who died in war on terror

Stephen Cobbe doesn’t really care where you stand politically on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the eighth-grader at Seven Hills Middle School in Nevada City thought that the three Nevada County men who have given their lives in the war against terrorism and any others in the future should be recognized.

“For my Eagle Scout ranking I have to do a service project, and I’m doing the memorial,” said Cobbe, 14, of Troop 24.



“I thought since they weren’t declared wars, it would be a long time before anyone built one, so I thought we should do something for the community now.”

Cobbe’s War On Terror memorial will be dedicated at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, in the Memorial Grove area of Nevada City’s Pioneer Park as part of the annual military veterans ceremonies. The memorial will take its place along with the World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and POW/MIA monuments already on display at the park across from Seaman Lodge.




The monument is similar to the others with a concrete-rock base and a single large stone atop it bearing a plaque with the names of the three Marines who have lost their lives in Iraq – Lance Cpl. Adam Strain, Lance Cpl. John “J.T.” Lucente and 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff. Their families and loved ones have been invited to the dedication of the memorial, which has room for the names of others should they fall.

“I’m just honoring those who served their country, whether they supported the cause or not,” Cobbe said. He designed the plaque and got the monument built by Nevada City Public Works Director Verne Taylor and his crew members.

“Verne and the guys at public works were just a tremendous help,” Cobbe said. “This has been a highlight of my life. I see the community in a whole different light, and I’ve met a lot of people.”

Steve Cobbe is the proud father of the Boy Scout and a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve who was on active duty off of Pakistan in a 2005-2006 call-up. When his son told him about his ambitious project, Steve Cobbe was skeptical at first about Stephen taking on something of that magnitude.

“But he put me in my place by telling me this was important and something he wanted to do, so I backed off and became the supporting father,” Steve Cobbe said.

Stephen raised more than $1,000 to build the monument with donations from local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Marine Corps League, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and from individuals.

“It’s simple, but it’s fitting,” Stephen said of the memorial. “It humbly remembers those who served.”

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To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.


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