Frequently Asked Questions

As we have interacted with citizens of Lake Oswego over the past several months at venues such as the 4th of July Parade, Farmer’s Market, Concerts in the Park, the Antique Car & Boat Show, and personal interviews with City, Police, and Fire officials, there have been a number of frequently asked questions that continue to surface. The following are answers to those questions:

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What is the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial?
Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial will provide a place to honor the heroism and service of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and as First Responders. Sited in beautiful Foothills Park, the memorial will include a stone wall and reflecting pond to provide an artistic setting for tributes.

Why are we creating a Memorial?
Lake Oswego is a special place. We enjoy a freedom and security not found everywhere. This liberty is secured by the service and sacrifice of our veterans and first responders. The Memorial will show our appreciation to those to whom we owe so much. Lake Oswego is one of the few locales in Oregon that does not currently have this type of Memorial.

Is this a War Memorial?
No. This is a memorial to honor the individuals that risk their own safety and security to ensure ours. The Memorial honors their service and sacrifice, and does not glorify war.

Who will be honored?
Recognition will be given to the main branches of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), along with Lake Oswego Firefighters and Police. Individuals with connections to Lake Oswego will also be honored. If you have suggestions for someone to be honored, or want to recognize a loved one, please contact us.

Where will the Memorial be?
The City of Lake Oswego has apportioned approximately one acre of Foothills Park for the memorial. The section is located to the South of the pavilion near the parking lot.

What will the Memorial look like?
Preliminary concept drawings have been submitted to the Board and to the City staff for consideration. After various levels of development, the design will go through an approval process involving the Parks and Recreation Department, City Planning and the City Council with periods of public input at all phases.

Who is paying for the Memorial?
While this is a City project, it is not funded using general fund tax money. Funding will come from private donations, donations-in-kind and grants.

How much will the Memorial cost?
The project has two phases: 1) design, and 2) construction. The design phase includes the architectural design, drafting, engineering, and approval. The construction phase includes the installation of the permanent memorial. The cost of the will not be determined until the City determines Estimated Development Cost based on the master plan.

How can I donate?
Donations can be made by check, cash or credit card. Donations by check avoid credit card processing fees and maximize the benefit to the project. Further instructions are available here.

Are my donations tax-deductible?
The Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial is a registered non-profit organization with both the State of Oregon and the Internal Revenue Service. We are designated as a 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS. Please consult your accountant or financial advisor to determine your eligibility to receive the tax deduction.

How will my donation be used?
All donations will be used directly for the project. The Board of Directors and Advisory Committee are all volunteers, with no financial interest in the project. The organization has no employees, and in our partnership with the City, there are not costs from the City. Administration expenses are extremely small, including only requirements such as insurance, registration cost with the IRS and State of Oregon, etc. For a current accounting of all funds, please contact the Treasurer anytime through our website.

When will the Memorial be complete?
It depends on how quickly the funds are raised. If 100% of the funds were raised today, the project would be ready for its Grand Opening on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017.

Who can get involved?
Anyone! We have a growing group of volunteers. If you have a passion for honoring those who provide our security and safety, join us today!