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Construction Starts On WWII Memorial

OPB | Jan. 31, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Portland

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Construction starts Monday on the World War II Memorial to be built on the State Capitol grounds in Salem.

The memorial will feature a 33-foot-high obelisk.  The height refers to Oregon’s being the 33rd state.

The polished obelisk that was cut for Oregon's World War II Memorial.

The polished obelisk that was cut for Oregon's World War II Memorial.

Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation

Visitors will also see a world map engraved on granite paving stones, showing the various theaters of operation and battles; and a pair of black walls engraved with the names of Oregonians who died from wounds sustained in World War II combat.

Bob Plame, who served in Vietnam, is overseeing construction.

“This is not a memorial to glorify war or anything else,” he said. “What it is, is a memorial to Oregonians who contributed to the war effort for a common cause.”

It will also feature figures like Rosie the Riveter and factories like the Kaiser Shipyards.

The plan is to complete it in time for a dedication ceremony scheduled for June 6th.  That’s the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.



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