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Wales to replace veterans marker

A deteriorating statue in the town of Wales Veterans Park is expected to be replaced by Memorial Day.

The wood edifice, a replica commemorating U.S. troops raising the flag on Iwo Jima, has fallen victim to the weather.

“It has gotten to the point where it’s beyond repair,” said Supervisor Rickey Venditti.

The Town Board recently voted to replace the popular statue, and plans also are in the works to protect it from the elements in winter

Matt Hannah, who designed the original, submitted a low bid of $400 for the new statue.