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Groundbreaking for Memorial Honoring Fallen OSP Troopers - August 1, 2012
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After nearly 17 months of planning and preparation, the Oregon State Police are poised to break ground Wednesday for a memorial honoring fallen Oregon State Troopers. The August 1, 2012 event at 12:30 p.m. will be at the site of the planned memorial on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol State Park in Salem outside the west entrance to the Public Service Building. The public is invited to the event.

Oregon State Police Superintendent Richard Evans said the groundbreaking event will occur on a historical date for the Department and is a welcome benchmark of the progress made in developing the memorial.

"This date is special because we will celebrate the Department's 81st anniversary recognizing our formation by legislative action on August 1, 1931. The groundbreaking will be memorable in many ways. We invite the public and other supporters to attend so they can view the memorial's planned design and see how it will serve as added Oregon history and art," said Evans.

The Oregon State Police Honor Guard will perform a traditional ceremonial flag fold preceding the ground breaking by several dignitaries.

Funded entirely by private donations, using all Northwest businesses and materials, construction will begin after the memorial's $233,000 fundraising goal is reached. Over half of the costs have been raised through donations in the past eleven months. Anyone can make a tax deductible contribution to the "OSP Fallen Trooper Memorial" at any U.S. Bank branch, or online at the Fallen Trooper Memorial website www.ospmemorial.org.

Information about fallen Oregon State Police troopers is available on the Department's website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/Pages/Memorial.aspx.

Anyone with questions or those interested in supporting the Fallen Trooper Memorial may contact retired State Police Deputy Superintendent and chairman of the Fallen Trooper Memorial Committee, Gregory Willeford, at (503) 949-0981.