Dedication is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 Armed Forces Day at Veterans Park in Scappoose
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 memorials 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; Ichabods 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)