Tribal Government & News

Six names being added to Veterans Memorial on May 27

04.30.2024 Danielle Harrison West Valley Veterans Memorial
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By Danielle Harrison

Smoke Signals editor

Six names, including that of Tribal member Robert E. Patterson, will be added to the West Valley Veterans Memorial during the Monday, May 27, ceremony being held on the Grand Ronde Tribal campus.

Patterson’s name will go up on the Navy pillar along with the names of Scott B. Leclaire and Timothy R. Linn.

The six pillars at the West Valley Veterans Memorial feature the names of Tribal and community members from Grand Ronde, Willamina and Sheridan who served in the four major branches of the U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

The addition of six names this year will increase the number of those honored on all pillars to 2,388.

The memorial had four pillars until 2023, when the Tribe received a $33,000 grant from Oregon State Parks to install two new black granite slab pillars at the memorial because the ones containing names of Army and Navy veterans were reaching capacity.

Other names being added include Curtis J. Hubbell on the Army pillar and Joseph E. Gaines and Megan A. Davis on the Air Force pillar.

The Memorial Day ceremony will begin with a meal being served in the Tribal Community Center starting at noon and the ceremony occurring outside at the West Valley Veterans Memorial starting at 1 p.m.

The memorial was designed by late Tribal Elder Steve Bobb Sr., a Vietnam War-era Marine Corps veteran who walked on in August 2022. It features a man and woman dressed in traditional Native clothing standing side by side while reaching for the sky.

This will be the 21st Memorial Day celebration at the West Valley Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated in May 2003, because the 2020 event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional details about the ceremony were not available before press time.

For more information, contact or Molly Leno at 503-879-5211.