SALEM – Oregon Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum (D-Portland) visited the future site of Oregon’s official World War II Memorial on the grounds of the State Capitol Monday. Construction for the memorial officially began today on the state capitol grounds.
“The freedom and liberty we share in this country is a direct result of the courage and sacrifice of our servicewomen and men who defended this nation,” said Rosenbaum. “This memorial will pay tribute to the Greatest Generation and honor all the men and women who worked and served at home and abroad during World War II.”
Senator Rosenbaum’s father, Joe Rosenbaum, served in World War II as navigator in the 8th Air Force. In 1994, just prior to the anniversary of D-Day, Senator Rosenbaum and her father visited Knettishall, England where he was stationed.
In 2011, the Oregon Legislature authorized $250,000 to fund the construction of the memorial at State Capitol State Park. When construction is completed in June, Oregon’s World War II Memorial will feature a five-sided obelisk and a wall listing the names of military personnel from Oregon who were killed during the war.
Joining Senator Rosenbaum at the construction site today were her fellow legislators as well as Colonel Leonard DeWitt, a veteran of World War II. In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed HJM 17, which urged Congress to grant DeWitt the Medal of Honor for his heroic service in New Guinea that saved the lives of his fellow soldiers.
For more information about Oregon’s World War II Memorial, visit www.oregonwwiimemorial.com.