by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - On hand to see the World War II obelisk during its stop in Madras were, from left, a memorial representative, and Madras Elks Lodge members Keith Baker, Lauralee Samples, and Kathy and Frank Dunten.The obelisk, which will be part of the World War II Memorial to be constructed on the Capitol grounds in Salem, made a brief appearance in Madras Dec. 8, for public viewing.

Unfortunately, that was during the below zero cold snap, and few people turned out to see it. The obelisk, mounted on a flatbed trailer, is touring the state, making stops in areas where large donations for the memorial were made.

The Madras Elks Lodge donated over $1,000 for the project, which is being done by the Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation.

Approximately 152,000 Oregonians served in World War II. Of those, 3,757 gave their lives during the war. There are 24,000 Oregonian World War II veterans still living, but they are dying at a national average of 600 per day, so the foundation feels an urgency to get the memorial completed to honor the remaining veterans while they are still alive.

Construction on the memorial broke ground in June 2012, and 93 percent of the funds for the $1.2 million project have been raised to date.

The memorial will be “Honoring those who worked and served at home and abroad,” a website about the memorial noted.

The 33-foot obelisk will be the focal point of the memorial. At its base will be a world map with markers indicating major battles and theaters of operation during the war. A low wall around it will be engraved with the names of Oregon service members who died in World War II.

The purpose of the memorial is to honor veterans and educate the young, the website indicated.

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