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Fundraising Comes Up Short for Salem World War II Memorial

OPB | July 17, 2013 12:36 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2013 2:20 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Fundraising for an Oregon World War II memorial is coming up short, so organizers have cut back on how much they hope to spend on the project.

They were hoping to raise $1.5 million. 

The Statesman Journal reports that they are still $425,000 short of their goal, even though they have revised the budget to about $1.1 million.  And they received an unanticipated 250,000 dollars in state funding.

Oregon is one of just six states without a memorial dedicated to World War II veterans.  Three-thousand-757 Oregonians were killed in that war.

The World War II Memorial will feature two 40-foot-long, 5-foot-tall walls engraved with the names of those Oregonians who died in the war.

Organizers now say they hope to be dedicating the memorial around Memorial Day next year.

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