What Will the Kids Ask?
As a proud U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, I’m excited to announce the City has been awarded a grant to construct a Veterans Memorial next to City Hall. Two years ago, the City Council asked a group of local veterans, Parks Advisory Committee members, and Public Art Committee members to develop a plan for adding a Veterans Memorial to the plaza outside City Hall. The plan developed by this ad-hoc group will utilize the labyrinth that currently exists as a “walk with veterans.” Surrounding the labyrinth will be benches and lighted flags for each branch of military. In addition, there will be a retaining wall engraved to memorialize the veteran sacrifice along with an art sculpture.
We are very appreciative of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission for this approximately $75,000 grant award. State dollars will be used to fund the Memorial’s capital infrastructure, while City matching dollars will fund site preparation, such as irrigation and landscaping.
I’d also like to thank those who partnered in the City’s grant proposal to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission. Letters of project support were submitted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1324; 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, Department of the Army, based out of Camp Withycombe; Senator Alan Olsen; and the City of Happy Valley advisory committees for parks and public art.
As a veteran, I have always found Happy Valley to be a welcoming and supportive community. It is my hope, as Mayor, that the Veterans Memorial will be an integral landmark in Happy Valley, ensuring that other veterans in our community are remembered. Join me this month in celebrating our local veterans, and this new addition to our community! To find out more about the Happy Valley Veterans Memorial, go to happyvalleyor.gov.