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Oregon Coast Military Museum hosts Military Heritage Day

Oregon Coast Military Museum (website screen shot via https://www.oregoncoastmilitarymuseum.com/)

FLORENCE, Ore. -- The Oregon Coast Military Museum is hosting its Military Heritage Day on Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. at the hangar of Sam Spayd at Florence Municipal Airport.

Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit Member at Large Russ McBride, a Vietnam veteran, will share information about their project that has been in the works for a few years in Medford. The memorial wall will be national in focus, organizers said.

"Even at 80 percent scale, it will still be 360 feet in length and bear the names of 58,479 Americans, at current count, who gave the ultimate sacrifice," the Museum said in a news release. It will sit on 2.1 acres within the Medford parks system.

McBride will be joined by Salem sponsor Vietnam War Memorial Fund President Steve Bates to present the planned memorial as a state memorial in Salem.

"It will be not only an Oregon state focus, but will contain emphasis on multiple components of the Veterans experiences such as MIA/POW, nurses, Agent Orange and other aspects," organizers said. The 1.5-million-dollar project is to be located on the grounds of the state capitol in Salem is targeted for completion Veteran’s Day, 2020.

The Museum is located at 2145 Kingwood Street in Florence, and open to the public Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is always seeking volunteers.

You can learn more by visiting the website: www.oregoncoastmilitarymuseum.com.

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