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Casting begins for Lone Sailor memorial

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Thanks to the generosity of the community, the “Lone Sailor” US Navy Memorial is now in the casting process, bound for a permanent home on the Bremerton waterfront.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States, in making this announcement, indicated that they had reached the mid-point in raising funds to complete the exciting project.

The sculptor, Stanley Bleifeld of Connecticut, will supervise the casting of the seven-foot bronze statue at the Polich Tallix foundry in upstate New York. The foundry master indicated that his fine art foundry is the only one in United States with a metallurgist on staff. He caters to museums, private collectors and outdoor sculpture gardens and has expertise in rigging work for safe transport across the United States.

The foundry has been responsible for casting the previous Lone Sailor Statues that are now at 10 sites around the country. Only two are on the West Coast and none in the Northwest.

During a recent project briefing attended by approximately 50 Kitsap community leaders, the Honorable Norm Dicks, (D) Belfair, and Bremerton Mayor, Cary Bozeman, expressed their gratitude to the local Navy League Council for undertaking this important community project. They also indicated that this is the perfect statue to remind the community and its visitors of the importance of Kitsap’s maritime history and the significant role that the military plays in the local economy.

Jeff Kerneen, the Lone Sailor Committee treasurer, indicated that the significant contributions from Bradley Scott Inc., the Haselwood Auto Group and Bremerton Lion’s Club were key factors in reaching this important milestone.

Committee co-chair, Ron Testa said, “We are encouraged by recent donations and that the momentum is building to bring this statue home to Bremerton.” He also said that the individual donations of $100 or less have made a real difference in the fundraising campaign.

While much more needs to be done to complete the project, the committee indicated that they are pleased with the support and progress that is being made.

Tim Thomson, also a committee co- chair, suggested that donations may be made through the Web site, www.lonesailor-bremerton.org.

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