New monuments will be added to Sherwood's Veterans Park and Memorial in an effort to more broadly recognize and honor those who have served in previous overseas conflicts, thanks to a $20,183 grant from the 2020 Veterans & War Memorials Grant Heritage and Community Programs.
Two monuments will be installed, said Kristen Switzer, Sherwood's community services director — one with a statement of gratitude for those who served in conflicts, and another with all of the seals of the armed services.
While the current monument has the names of individual Sherwood soldiers who served in World War II, the new monuments will pay a broad tribute to those who served in the Civil War, World War I, the Korean War, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gold, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan and ongoing conflicts as well.
Still, residents will be given the chance to purchase individual brick pavers in honor of individuals who served in the nation's respective conflicts, according to Switzer.
Veterans Park is located at 22547 S.W. Main St., in the same block as the Sherwood Heritage Center in the Morback House.
Switzer said Sherwood initially applied for parks funding in winter 2020, but the grant award was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said while the $20,183 was a 25% decrease in the original funding the city requested, the city decided to move forward with construction plans. That comes because of anticipated donations of between $8,000 and $10,000 from a variety of sources to meet the project's cost.
Switzer said the Sherwood American Legion — along with its commander, former Mayor Bill Middleton — have helped raise funds for the project, among other groups.
Switzer said the city currently has rough sketches of what the monuments could look like. An illustration will be released soon to the public. She said Sherwood has taken a look at similar monuments from other cities, including Cornelius.
"We have engaged a landscape architect to help us … and have received bids and hope to meet with him, actually with him in the next couple of weeks," Switzer said. "We hope to get started more in the process here shortly."
The grant program is administered through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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