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Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial Fountain - Salem, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member ddtfamily
N 44° 56.718 W 123° 01.593
10T E 497905 N 4976874
Quick Description: Fountain memorializes service members who sacrificed their lives in the Afghan-Iraqi conflicts
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 5/11/2013 2:36:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMH2GX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 1

Long Description:
This fountain is at the center of memorial on the north side of the Oregon Department of Veteran's Affairs building. The memorial consists of several components:

  • A fountain features a basin containing a world map with a bronze sculpture kneeling soldier located in the United States, pointing toward the east.

  • A black granite marker is inscribed with the names of Oregonian members of the armed forces who gave their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Currently, 137 names and gold stars are engraved on the memorial.

  • A dedication plaque reads:

Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial

All gave some, some gave all!
This memorial is dedicated to
all those from Oregon who served
and to the heroes we lost.

Dedicated November 11, 2006

Governor - Ted Kulongoski
Director of Veterans Affairs - Jim Willis
Board Members
Clay and MJ Kesterson
Project Manager, Bill McMichael
State Representative, Donna Nelson
Treasurer, Tim Mahalak
Architect, Jane Honbeck
Artist, Judy Phipps

Freedom isn't Free!

Media coverage from the period near the dedication reported that there were a variety of opinions regarding the memorial. Since the Afghan-Iraq conflicts were still active, some felt it was "too soon" to create memorials, while others noted that it was never too soon to acknowledge the sacrifices of American who died fighting for freedom.

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