After removing sod from the memorial site, the next step, completed by volunteer Jerry Godkins, Jr. on Monday, June 9, was to excavate dirt from the site with heavy equipment in preparation for placement of a retaining wall and a cement pad to be used as a base under the memorial.
Today, June 10, was the day for placing the form into the dug space. The form was constructed by volunteer Jim Triplette of Triplette Construction. It will be filled with concrete to shape the retaining wall into a semi-circle around the sides and back of the Empty Chair.
Here’s my favorite picture….the view from the site of the chair through the arm of the excavator and down to the channel with a ship coming into port.
Thanks to Karleen Grummett for all these wonderful pictures and information that keep us in the loop.