By MARTHA SMITH
Special to the Standard
EXETER â After breaking ground in 2008 for its long-planned National Guard monument and dedicating the engraved concrete elements the following year, members of the sponsoring group faced a solemn reality: They couldnât afford the majestic statue needed to complete the presentation.
In fact, during that earlier dedication, an actual man climbed up and stood atop the massive base, filling in for the missing figure.
Enter North Kingstownâs Lt. Col. (ret) Bob Urquhart, who was urged to take the reins and see the project through to completion.
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