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Staff and the community are pushing for Tualatin Commons as the new site to honor all military veterans

COURTESY CITY OF TUALATIN - An artists rendition shows a proposed concept on how the veterans memorial would be laid out at Tualatin Commons.The Tualatin City Council is expected to select a site for the city's first veterans memorial at its Monday night meeting. The meeting will be held via Zoom, beginning at 7 p.m.

Local stakeholder groups and city staff have recommended that the site of the memorial be at Tualatin Commons.

Over the last year, the city has held 11 meetings, conducted three surveys and encouraged public input on the project and its location. That resulted in eight potential sites selected over an eight-month period. Those sites were later narrowed to three with Tualatin Commons coming out as the preferred location.

That site is located directly across the lake from the main plaza/gathering space/restrooms, just west of Lee's Kitchen restaurant.

Surveys showed that honoring all military service members and their families, along with a focus on themes of freedom and peace (and less of a focus on war), topped the list of those who the memorial should honor.

In addition, the community wants to focus on themes such as connection, engagement, experience, shared values and a sense of timelessness.

Joe Lipscomb, a Korean War veteran, wrote in an email that if the council approves the site, he wants design funding to be a top priority for its 2021-2022 budget.

"The timing of this meeting follows just a few days after the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII and while we have some 1,500 veterans living within our zip code only some 75 of those are veterans of WWII and Korea and it would be nice if a few of them could be in attendance for the ground breaking ceremony of our Veterans Memorial," Lipscomb wrote. 


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