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Griffin memorial to be dedicated Wednesday
Sep 9, 2013 - From staff reports
Formal dedication ceremonies for the memorial honoring the late Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin are set for noon Wednesday at Veterans Park on the Rails to Trails pathways just north of East Pershing Avenue in Riverton.
Griffin, who grew up in Riverton and graduated from Riverton High School in 1985, was killed Aug. 8, 2012, on military duty in Afghanistan.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will speak at Wednesday's ceremony, along with local government officials, military leaders and members of Griffin's family.
A concert in June featuring the Glenn Miller Orchestra helped raise funds for completion of the memorial, which has been created by Eagle Bronze of Lander.
The bronze is based on the battle cross, modified from the traditional gear of the World War II soldier to feature the helmet, boots and rifle worn by Griffin. It also displays a plaque with Griffin's name, picture and an inscription.
Pam Canham of the Riverton Police Foundation is the fundraising coordinator for the memorial.
"The setting we hope to create is one that will honor not only Kevin, but all American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice," Canham said. "When you honor one soldier, you really honor all of them."
Griffin was a state-champion wrestler for RHS and wrestled collegiately at Northwest College in Powell. He joined the Army in 1988. Deployed from Fort Carson, Colo., he had deployed three times to Iraq and also served in Kuwait and the Balkans before shipping to Afghanistan in March 2012.
He was 45 years old at the time of his death.