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Memorial for fallen Clackamas County soldiers to be unveiled Saturday

Phyllis Hines with a local chapter of the Susannah Lee Barlow Daughters of the American Revolution

A local group is set to unveil a monument for those who lost their lives while fighting for our country.

The monument honors young men from Clackamas County who didn't come home from the Vietnam War, and it'll be unveiled in Milwaukie Saturday.

It was put together by a stone cutter who served in the Navy during the late 1960s. He said he had a very personal experience with the war, since he worked in communications and received the daily reports with the names of those who had died.

The project started as a way to honor eight soldiers from Oregon City who died in the way, but then Phyllis Hines with a local chapter of the Susannah Lee Barlow Daughters of the American Revolution, wanted to expand it. It'll now include names of 48 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Hines has written a book honoring those veterans.

"The hardest thing was seeing how many were so young and the lives of men who were coming home in 20 days or who sacrificed their lives to save lives of others. It's not a book you can sit down and read from front to cover because it really hits close to heart especially those of the generation that remember the Vietnam War happening," Hines said.

She said she hopes the memorial helps surviving veterans grieve and heal, and she hopes it'll be a way for younger generations to learn about the way.


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