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.