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A Message from the Mayor

Mayors Message – Veterans Memorial

As a proud U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, I was excited to join my fellow City Council members for the official groundbreaking of the new Veterans Memorial next to City Hall. Several 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 awarding the City approximately $75,000 in grant funds. 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; Former 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 in celebrating this new addition to our community!

Mayor Ellis

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