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Vietnam Era War Memorial gears up for summer and long-term maintenance

by: RAY HUGHEY - Volunteers staff the memorial booth at General Canby Day.
The Vietnam Era War Memorial is moving along smoothly into its summer plan.

by: RAY HUGHEY - Bricks are being sold to help support the memorial.The board had a booth at General Canby Day, selling bricks and challenger coins, giving out information, and answering questions. In all, they sold three bricks and give out 10 brick forms that day, netting just over $307.

“We had a lot of visitors, a lot of heartfelt stories, and it was just an awesome event for us to be a part of,” board secretary Nancy Muller said.

The memorial has acquired an almost entirely new board. President Mike Zygava, who just retired from the National Guard and has a son on tour in Afghanistan, and Vice President Steve Van Gordon both joined last year.

The lighting at the memorial was recently upgraded to a low-voltage system, which Muller said “came out really well.” The last task for the committee has in order to finish the memorial is finishing the designs for the pedestal to hold the medallions at the front.

“The memorial is looking really well and we’re pleased with how it’s come along,” Muller said.

After that, they will settle into long-term upkeep, to keep it looking, “as beautiful as we can.”

Muller said helping with the upkeep of the Memorial was a great opportunity for Boy Scouts who needed a community service project for their Eagle certification. Sculptor Wayne Hide requested a specific type of wax, which has been purchased, and it will take some manpower to complete the maintenance. There is also power washing to do.

“That would be an ideal project for community service,” Muller said, adding, “We can always use people to come by and pull weeds.”

Muller also wanted to honor the four Canby families whose parent, spouse, or child is deployed to Afghanistan.

“We know the city of Canby supports their military members and hopes they all return safely,” she said.

For more information about the memorial, or to obtain a Buy-a-Brick form, contact Nancy Muller at 503-970-3094.



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