Akiyama Family Donates Bronze Plaque

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Alan Akiyama, whose family donated the plaque, left, with committee member Roger Grummett.

A year and a day from the date of the Empty Chair Dedication on a similarly misty day, the final piece, a bronze plaque, was added to the memorial site at Capital School Park. Alan Akiyama, whose family donated the plaque, joined committee members Karleen Grummett, who developed the plaque, and her husband, Roger, as Triplette Construction’s Tom Dougherty and Loren Hope attached the plaque to the sitting wall. I think we can safely say, the Empty Chair site is now officially completed, thanks to the Akiyama family.

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Loren Hope, left, at the air tank as Tom Dougherty drills holes for setting the plaque.

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Triplette Construction’s Tom Dougherty, left, and Loren Hope, who were also instrumental in constructing the memorial site, placed the plaque.


Roger and Alan flank the plaque which is centered atop the sitting wall.

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The placement of the plaque in relation to the chair.


The bronze plaque.

Many thanks to the Akiyama family and everyone concerned for their part in adding this finishing touch to the memorial site which honors the committee and their advisors.


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