May 22, 2024

City unveils new sculpture at art dedication event for Veterans Memorial Park

Yesterday, we proudly unveiled the new sculpture at Happy Valley’s Veterans Memorial Park, reaffirming our City’s commitment to recognizing and honoring those in our community who have served in the military. The sculpture symbolizes the pride, bravery, and courage that soldiers need to serve our country and pays homage to the heroes who have helped ensure our freedom. At yesterday’s event, Mayor Tom Ellis, sculpture artist Travis Pond, and local resident Lieutenant Colonel Chris Markesino of the Oregon National Guard shared their perspectives and discussed the importance of the sculpture’s addition.

We’d like to thank the following individuals and groups for their gracious support in making this art possible:

Travis Pond
The Veterans Memorial Task Force
Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the donation of military artifacts
Three Rivers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Thirteen Twenty-Four
The Parks Advisory Committee
The Public Art Advisory Committee
and most importantly, all local veterans!