About Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial

THE CORPORATION

The Corporation consists of an eight member Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee that assists with technical matters and special events. Among the Advisory Committee members are City Parks Director Ivan Anderholm. In preparation for serving as the fundraising arm of the Memorial, the Corporation has been approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization and is registered under Oregon’s Charitable Trust and Corporation Act with the Department of Justice.

THE PARTNERSHIP

The Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial Board of Directors is partnering with the City of Lake Oswego to design and build a Memorial in honor of the service of U.S. military veterans and first responders. The project will be located in the City’s river front Foothills Park. On June 7, 2016, an agreement was passed unanimously by City Council for the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial Corporation to seek donations for funding the design and construction of the Memorial.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission is to partner with the City of Lake Oswego in the creation and development of a memorial for historic preservation of the service of all U.S. military veterans and first responders with strong ties to Lake Oswego.

GOALS

  • Development of an artistic environment – to provide an inviting place to remember and reflect on service through an artistic setting for tributes; artistic beauty will be established through design of a stone wall, reflecting pool and memorial spire designed and developed in conjunction with the arts community of our city.
  • Educational and community enrichment – to help educate students in schools, community organizations and the public about the service and heroism that ensures our security and liberty. The names and stories memorialized will help connect our community to its history and heritage and appreciation for its freedom.
  • Identification/verification of the individuals who are eligible for recognition at the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial in accordance with By-Laws of the organization – to ensure accuracy of the historic record that is visually portrayed at the memorial.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOB HILL
President / Chairman

US Navy – Vietnam Era
Oregon Patriot Guard Riders

“What a privilege it is for our city, Lake Oswego, to have a place that will honor first responders and the veterans who have served in the US military. A memorial where family, friends and visitors can pay their respect and reflect on the past, present and future of those who serve the welfare of our community and our country.”

JOE WALTERBACH
Secretary

US Air Force
American Legion

“Take a moment and drop by the memorial and reflect on the families that lost someone close to them during this war and pray there will never be another like it! I’m proud to serve on the Board of this great organization. Support us when you can!”

GASANDRA CARLSON
Treasurer

“It is an honor to serve on the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial Board. My entire family has served in the military, and some are presently serving on active duty today. I understand the sacrifice they go through every day to keep us safe and protect our freedom. I am glad that this group has been formed to make the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial a reality. I know that this will be a very special place for the residents. I am excited to serve on the board and show my support for our military forces and first responders. “

JOHN HANAN II
Director

US Air Force – Vietnam Era
Oregon State Captain – Patriot Guard Riders
VFW – Auxiliary Life Member
American Legion

“I have had the opportunity to visit many veterans memorials in Oregon and always thought Lake Oswego should have one to honor our men and women of the military. This will be a place for patriotic celebration as well as quiet reflection and thanks for those that sacrificed their tomorrows for our todays.”

MIKE HOLM
Director

US Army – Vietnam

DAVID MORRIS
Director

Asst Chief – LOFD

BRYAN SHELDON
Director

USMC
Officer – LOPD

“As a veteran, I think it’s important that the community recognizes those that have served our great country with honor. The men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom deserve to be remembered and respected.”

JEFFREY SEYMOUR
Director

US Navy

“I proudly served in the Navy JAG Corps, and come from a military family, including grandparents, father and two sons. I’ve been in the Lake Oswego area, on and off, for over 40 years. It’s a real privilege to combine that background and serve on this Board. The Veterans Memorial is a beautiful tribute to those who’ve served our country and community, and will live on as a commitment to our values.”