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Scappoose VFW post announces Armed Forces Memorial dedication

Dedication is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 — Armed Forces Day — at Veterans Park in Scappoose


by: DARRYL SWAN - Local VFW representatives (from left) Ron Urban, Frank Weber and Jerry Peal last October consider the site of a new U.S. Amed Forces Memorial in Scappoose. Next Saturday, May 18, VFW representatives are hosting a dedication ceremony for the new memorial.

The Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362 announced Friday its plans to hold a dedication ceremony May 18 — Armed Forces Day — for the new Armed Forces Memorial at Scappoose's Veterans Park.

Construction of the memorial began mid-October. It is located immediately off of Capt. Roger Kucera Way, a few hundred yards in from the JP West Road entrance to Veterans Park.

The dedication ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. Patriotic music performed by the Scappoose High School Jazz Band will be played between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The memorial is 30 feet in diameter and is composed of five basalt pillars — one for each branch of the armed forces, including Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard — positioned within its perimeter.

Many individual and company sponsors contributed to the Armed Forces Memorial, including the city of Scappoose, which contributed $13,000 toward the $30,000 memorial’s final price tag and space at the park for it to be erected.

The remainder of the funds and in-kind contributions were provided by sponsors, including Knife River; St. Helens Auto Center; Scappoose Outfitters; Moose Lodge 591; Hardcore Construction; Stone Builders; Pacific Industrial Service Inc.; Scappoose Tire Service; The Spotlight; the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks; American Legion Post 42; St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union; Laurence Hoppel; Akaan Architect; VFW Post 1440; VFW Post 4362; Wauna Federal Credit Union; Ace Hardware; Ichabod’s Restaurant; Scappoose Sand and Gravel Co.; and Columbia River PUD.

Other sponsors include the Samuel S. Johnson Foundation; Richard C. Douglass; Marvin and Barbara Wray; Michael and Betty Coblertz; Leonard and Brenda Aplet; Daniel Q. Gallagher; Jessica M. Smith; David B. Herr; The Kuhl Family; Amanda, Marie, Ray, Pat and Bill Borland; Wayne and Amanda Martin family; Barber Shop Donor; The Hafeman Family and Lt. Col. George B. Hafeman; Kenneth R. Houser; Charles A. Welter; Carol Girt; Roger J. and Kathryn Antonich; Eric Dahlgren; Dave Malony; The Peal Brothers; and James and Ellen Kessi.

What: Armed Forces Memorial Dedication

When: Saturday, May 18 (Armed Forces Day) starting at 10 a.m. with patriotic music performed by the Scappoose High School Jazz Band. Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Veterans Park, Scappoose (off of JP West Road)