Vietnam Memorial Replica Proposed

MEDFORD, Ore. – A group of local veterans and lawmakers is trying to make Medford the first city on the West Coast to build a replica Vietnam Memorial. Representative Sal Esquivel, Medford City Councilor Eli Matthews, and Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit President Russ McBride have started fundraising for the wall. On Saturday, the group gathered … Continue reading »

Community Members Honor Fallen Soldiers

EUGENE, Ore. — Flags line the rows at Pioneer Cemetery where many of Eugene’s oldest veterans are buried.  Monday afternoon the cemetery was filled with people who gathered to pay tribute to fallen soldiers. During the ceremony a middle school band performed music and the Eugene firefighters pipes and drums group performed as well. Veterans … Continue reading »

Memorial Soldier Signs Unveiled

ALBANY, Ore. — The families of two fallen soldiers from western Oregon have waited a long time to get a special memorial for their loved ones. At the American Legion in Albany, two memorial highway signs were unveiled Monday. Lance Corporal Tyler Troyer, of Tangent, and Specialist Eric McKinley, of Philomath, both lost their lives … Continue reading »

Drain Remembers Austin Lundeen

DRAIN, Ore. — A memorial service was held Saturday for the 16-year-old male who died in an accidental shooting last week. Austin Lundeen was a beloved student and star athlete at North Douglas High School. His memorial was held at the school’s gym Saturday. “I just wanted to cry,” said friend Hunter Olson. The North … Continue reading »

Memorial Ride for Officer Kilcullen

EUGENE, Ore. — Motorcyclists revved up their engines before taking off on a scenic ride through Western Oregon. The distance they traveled had significant meaning. “248 miles that signifies Chris’ badge number and which is why we do 248 every year,” said Kristie Kilcullen, Chris’ wife. Officer Chris Kilcullen was shot and killed while conducting … Continue reading »

Country Fair Honors Plane Crash Victims

VENETA, Ore. — Piece by piece a group whittles away at a piece of wood that’s slowly but surely turning into a totem pole. “The story of putting this together is all about all of us you know joining in and working together,” said totem pole designer Brad Bolton. What started as a project to … Continue reading »

Family Supports Soldier Memorial Signs

The families of two fallen soldiers from western Oregon are trying to get parts of Highway 34 named after their loved ones. Lance Cpl. Tyler Troyer of Tangent and Spc. Eric McKinley of Philomath both lost their lives in Iraq in 2004 and 2005. Troyer’s family members say it would be an extreme honor to … Continue reading »

Town Celebrates Life of Julius Schmidt

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — Junction City celebrated the life of 14-year-old Julius Schmidt Saturday. All of Julius’ family and friends showed up at Laurel Park to honor his memory. The young boy was killed in a train accident just two weeks ago. Family members took turns talking about him, sharing memories of his adventurous spirit … Continue reading »

Oregon Breaks Ground on WWII Memorial

SALEM, Ore. — The state of Oregon officially broke ground Wednesday on a long-awaited memorial project to honor its World War II fighters. Veterans, state officials and the general public gathered at Wilson Park for the official groundbreaking ceremony. And while it’s only the beginning, many say they’re looking forward to the completion, when Oregonians … Continue reading »