Located in the State Capitol State Park, the Oregon Veterans Medal of Honor Memorial honors all veterans in general and Medal of Honor recipients specifically. The memorial was constructed by the Foundation and Oregon Veterans Group in 2003.
The memorial creates a fitting legacy signaling to all who enter our Capitol that people of our state honor and respect those who served.
Seven granite pillars surrounding the U.S. flagpole on the east side of the Capitol, and seven more surrounding the Oregon flagpole to the west. Thirteen of the pillars each bear a bronze plaque with the image of one of the 13 Medal of Honor recipients attributed to the State of Oregon, and the complete text of their citation. The 14th pillar lists the names of Medal of Honor recipients who have an Oregon connection but who did not enter the military from the state.
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
– President George Washington