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Vets park 'meet the artist event' set for Wednesday

May 26, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

Lander sculptor was commissioned to create a bronze monument for the future memorial.

The Northern Arapaho Tribe will host a "meet the artist" event at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the future site of the Northern Arapaho Veterans Park, south of the Wind River Hotel and Casino.

Lander artist Margery Torrey, who has been involved in the development of the park, has been commissioned to create a bronze sculpture for the new Northern Arapaho Veterans Park, scheduled to be completed within a year.

The monument will feature a warrior on horseback and is expected to be completed within the next two years, according to Torrey's website.

Sandy Whitehair, senior planner for the Northern Arapaho Engineering Department, says the monument is being created to "represent the Arapaho warriors and what it means to be an Arapaho and a warrior within the tribe."

The event will have two parts. The site dedication from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will include a blessing of the site by Leonard Moss Sr., traditional Arapaho drumming by the Eagle Drum Group, and an introduction of Torrey and her plans for the monument.

A meeting will follow the dedication at 6 p.m. in the Entertainment Room of the Wind River Casino. The meeting will introduce officers of the non-profit veterans group made up of volunteers who have been working with the Northern Arapaho Engineering Office in the planning and construction of the park.

The meeting will focus principally on developing the non-profit group that hopes to extend its services beyond the construction of the park to provide resources for veterans. The group will be taking questions and suggestions from the community and hopes to select a name and logo from a survey of community submissions.

The meeting also will address planning issues and site concepts for the Northern Arapaho Veterans Park.

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