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Colonel Matthias Honored at Richland Ceremony

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Community members came out to the Richland Public Library Saturday to honor the legacy of Colonel Franklin T. Matthias, the Commander of Construction for the Manhattan Project.

Matthias oversaw the building of the Hanford site and Richland.

A statue of Matthias was dedicated at the ceremony.

Matthias relatives flew in from across the world to attend the event and say they are grateful to see his life and work remembered by the community.

"He was a very personable guy. He could talk them into what he needed and that's why he had the job I'm sure. That's the build up to the job and that's the experience," said Harold Matthias, Colonel Matthias' nephew.

Matthias says his uncle had a great sense of humor and was a brilliant man.

A local choir and the Richland High School band performed at the event.

Many local politicians also attended the event.

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