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Families to Rebuild Iraq Memorial Statue

YAKIMA, Wash. - Relatives of six marines and soldiers whose names are on the damaged Iraq Memorial Statue said on Monday that they'll pay for repairs.

Susan Whitman, the mother-in-law of fallen Iraq soldier Kyle Eggers, said they won't know how much it'll cost until they actually have the statue in their hands.

After they get it back from police, who are using it for evidence, the families will get an estimate from a welder.

But whoever pays for it, Whitman said the main thing is that it'll be in the place where it's meant to be.

"To get it back where it belongs, that's our ultimate goal," she said. "Whether we pay for it, the City of Yakima pays for it or maybe the two people who stole it."

Whitman said she doesn't know when they'll get the statue back from police who believe the two men accused of stealing it, intended to try to sell it as scrap metal.

The memorial, which was put up on Fourth of July weekend, remembers troops from the valley who have been killed in Iraq.