This year, for Memorial Day, remember a loved one in the armed services with a special, free commemorative plaque designed and made by David Slater.
“I make these to give away,” he said. Adding they are available to the families of men and women in the military and area groups that support the Armed Forces.
Slater has made the commemorative pieces for more than three years and has 12 copyright verses for clients to select from. He said the first one he made was for his nephew who was in the U.S. Marine Corps, but the young man finished his tour before Slater was able to finish the first plaque.
“I just wanted to do something for the Town of Payson,” he said.
“There are so many young people in the area that enlist because there are no jobs,” Slater said.
He said it takes about two hours to do one plaque and he has given away roughly 1,100.
The plaques are currently available in two different sizes: 20-inches-by-30-inches and 20-inches-by-12-inches; and in either white or brown. Slater said the is smaller size would be more appropriate to send to active duty personnel.
His work can be seen at the state’s Army National Guard facilities. They are included in the “Packages from Home” program, which ships care and comfort packages to military personnel, as well as the local Payson Supply Line boxes that go to active duty service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Slater is a Vietnam veteran. He served two tours with a U.S. Navy transport.
In addition to the commemorative plaques, Slater makes clocks and other plaques with funny sayings.
To get a plaque remembering a loved one in the service, call Slater at (928) 472-9807.