Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery dedicates Veterans Memorial on Flag Day

Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery dedicates Veterans Memorial on Flag Day

The Oregon Trail Memorial Cemetery dedicated the completion of the Veterans Memorial on Sunday, June 14.

Cemetery Board president Don Landrigan gave a history of the veteran memorial and acknowledged the dedication of Hazel Kleich, who lead the way in making the dream of a memorial into a reality. Kleich visited other memorials in 2013 and began the quest for building a memorial. The plans emerged in 2014-15, and Dan Krantz built the star base and platform. The project was coordinated with LouAnn Herstead for the large memorial star with the service branches and the placement of the eagle. Long hours were spent verifying the names of veterans and deciding how to display them. The American Legion veterans gave permission to move the veterans space to the new memorial, and the plates honoring the unknown soldier and the auxiliary were incorporated into the star memorial.

Landrigan mentioned the four days we set aside to honor veterans and comrades-in-arms: Veterans Day, on November 11, to honor and thank military personnel who have served in all wars, particularly living veterans; Armed Forces Day, celebrated on the third Saturday in May, to honor men and women serving in our armed forces; Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, honors those who have served in the military and died; and Flag Day, June 14, which honors another veteran, “a faithful comrade who has accompanied each of us and every service member before to battlefields and stations at every corner of the globe,” said Landrigan.


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