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Natick VFW to honor those lost to war

Ken Gidney has been overseeing the construction of a new veterans memorial at Natick’s VFW Post 1274.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe staff

Ken Gidney has been overseeing the construction of a new veterans memorial at Natick’s VFW Post 1274.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1274 in Natick will dedicate a memorial Sunday to those who have died while serving in the military.

The memorial includes a panel listing the names of 104 of Natick’s fallen service members, from World War I to the present, and another two panels bearing the names of 157 of the state’s fallen.

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‘‘I just think our fallen soldiers should be recognized, and . . . it’s only right that we as veterans recognize our fellow comrades and the sacrifices that they made,’’ said Ken Gidney, the post’s incoming commander.

Gidney, who takes over June 10, spent 12 years in the Army National Guard and is a combat veteran with a 2006-07 deployment to Iraq with the 1060th Transportation Company out of Framingham.

A member of the VFW post’s board of directors, Gidney asked the board for permission last June to update the post’s current memorial. It was unanimously approved. In 10 months of fund-raising efforts, he has collected more than $5,000 for the memorial.

‘‘There’s a lot more to do,’’ said Gidney, whose fund-raising efforts, like the memorial, are a work in progress. It’s about 75 percent complete and more money is needed, he said.

Speakers during the service, set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the post, 113 West Central St., will include Colonel William J. Callahan, from the Army National Guard headquarters in Milford; Paul Monti of Taunton, whose son, Army Staff Sergeant First Class Jared Monti, 30, was killed in action June 21, 2006, in Afghanistan, and was awarded the Medal of Honor; Sudbury resident Steven Milley, whose son, First Lieutenant Scott Milley, 23, was killed in Afghanistan on Nov. 30, 2010, while serving with the Army Rangers; Paul Carew, veterans’ services officer for Natick; Cary Holmes, a reference librarian at the town’s Morse Institute Library; and Dan Magoon, a Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial board member.

Harry Seaholm, 89, a World War II and Korean War veteran who is stepping down after a dozen years as Post 1274’s commander, said of his successor’s project: ‘‘I think it’s an excellent idea.’’

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