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Parents of murdered children to dedicate cemetery garden

The city of Oregon City and the Greater Portland Area Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children announced the completion of the Oregon/Washington Memorial Garden in Mountain View Cemetery, 500 Hilda St.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: CITY OF OC - The Parents of Murdered Children Memorial is pictured shortly after its completion this month.POMC had raised more than $300,000 in cash and in-kind donations to complete the project. Mt. View donated 5,625 square feet of space for a wall inscribed with the names of about 1,000 men, women and children who were killed in Oregon or Washington or who had family members in the region.

The metro area’s POMC chapter Chairwoman Mary Elledge said Oregon City designer Mike Osterman designed the memorial for police officers and firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty to share space as “a way to thank those who have been there for us.” Osterman offered his work free of charge in memory of his brother-in-law, who was killed in Oregon City.

This is the eighth memorial for the National Organization for Parents of Murdered Children in the United States and the only one in the Northwest. Organizers will gather to honor it as a beautiful place for anyone who has lost a loved one or child due to a homicide.

They invite all interested parties to attend the dedication of the Oregon/Washington Memorial Wall and the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the cemetery. Afterward, Beavercreek Cooperative Telephone will host lunch with the group.

POMC National Director Dan Levey will speak this year, and the keynote speaker for last year’s “National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Homicide” former Attorney General Hardy Meyers. Marking the construction kickoff in 2010, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger offered his support for the memorial.