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Portland, Oregon, Metro Area Chapter 392 is the driving force behind The Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial Project in Canby, a small agricultural and residential community on the Willamette River south of Portland. Chapter members, including former President Mike Breshears, have been working since 2000 to build the ambitious memorial, which will honor everyone who served the nation during the Vietnam War era in a park-like setting.

The Chapter was instrumental in acquiring a Huey helicopter from the Pentagon for the memorial, along with the parcel of land where the memorial will be built. The Chapter also provided cash donations and its members are working in many ways to help the memorial come to fruition.

The memorial’s bamboo, pines, and palm trees are meant to suggest a rural Vietnamese setting. There also will be a village with a town square surrounded by buildings, including a traditional pagoda containing a Buddhist bell. The center of the park will be a brick plaza forming the Shou symbol, the Chinese character for “long life.” The symbol also will contain a red cross, above which the Huey will be mounted. The paving around the plaza will include a shadow of a dove, suggesting peace, as if cast by the helicopter.

There also will be a statue of an American G.I. cradling a wounded buddy with a Vietnamese child by their side. Funding is needed to complete the memorial. For more information, email info@VietnamEraMemorial.org, call 503-263-5066, or go to the Memorial’s website, www.VietnamEraMemorial.org

 

 

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