The Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor is finally moving to its new home in Wasilla.

The old site near Mat-Su Regional Medical Center looks like a construction zone after crews removed the engraved panels.

Grant Hendrickson, the president of Axys LLC, said it took contractors about 100 hours to get all of the panels off the concrete walls.

Four of the 32 broke during the process but the company will pay to have them replaced by an Alaskan engraving company.

Four of the 32 panels cracked during removal. The company will pay to have them replaced.

 

Hendrickson said the panels were put up by volunteers so his crew wasn’t exactly sure how to safely remove them. It took four trial and error methods, including smashing the concrete walls, to figure out one that worked.

One of the methods crews tried was smashing the concrete wall behind the panels.

 

“We understand most were installed using epoxy," Hendrickson said. "There are a few products that can help remove epoxy; neither of them seemed to work, so the method we settled on was heating up a sawzall blade, a mechanical sawzall blade, and running it between the panel and the concrete.”

The Wall of Honor is moving to Wasilla to the site of the new police station. There will be a groundbreaking for the project on Friday, August 17.

The panels are being stored until the memorial goes back up around Veterans Day.

Contractors hope to have the wall put back together by Veterans Day.

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