Oregon WWII memorial ceremony honors sacrifice

Al Gray, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, visits with other veterans following the dedication ceremony for the Oregon WWII Memorial at Willson Park in Salem, Ore., June 6, 2014 (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Al Gray, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, visits with other veterans following the dedication ceremony for the Oregon WWII Memorial at Willson Park in Salem, Ore., June 6, 2014 (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s new World War II memorial was officially dedicated at a ceremony coinciding with a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

A large gathering of veterans, lawmakers and others took part in the Friday ceremony on the state Capitol grounds.

The memorial is a 33-foot tall granite pillar with walls listing the names of nearly 3,800 Oregonians killed in World War II.

The project took five years and more than $1.2 million to complete.

The ceremony may have been the last large gathering of Oregon’s WWII veterans, who are in their 80s and 90s.

The Veterans Administration estimates there are around 18,000 living WWII veterans in Oregon.

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