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Utah Veterans Memorial grand opening

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Utah Veterans Memorial grand opening (Photo: KUTV)

The brand new Utah Veterans Memorial in West Valley City is being unveiled today in honor of Veterans Day.

Officials said this is the only memorial of this kind in the state.

The memorial focuses on and features names of 2,894 veterans who had ties to Utah and all gave their lives in service.

The memorial is located right next to the south parking lot of the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, at 1355 W. 3100 South in West Valley City.

The project cost over $1 million of donated and fundraised money.

Construction of the memorial came together in under three months in order to hit the Nov. 11, 2021 deadline.

Three acres of plaza space is dedicated to the memorial.

The Memorial Wall itself stretches 75-feet wide and 8-feet tall. It is over 1-foot thick. All the materials used to construct the memorial were Utah-focused with the quartzite sandstone coming from Browns Canyon Quarry.

Five American flags tower over the entrance. Officials said each of the flags was originally flown at the nation's capital in Washington D.C.

There are 29 benches throughout the grounds that represent the 29 counties in Utah.

Several veterans and state leaders are attending the Memorial's unveiling including Rep. Chris Stewart and Rep. Burgess Owens.