Chapter 805 of Roseburg, OR has big plans for Memorial Day 2017. This national holiday is their deadline for a project they’ve been hard at work to get rolling.
The chapter has raised $22, 000 through selling nearly 4, 000 patriotic calendars during the winter. Their funds will be put toward a bronze memorial at the Roseburg National Cemetery Annex. The bronze statue is called “Fallen Solider Battle Cross” and it depicts a set of boots with a rifle and bayonet upright between them. A helmet rests on top of the gun.
The brain power behind the great ideas of the memorial and selling calendars to fund the project came from Jack Flower’s, Chapter 805’s treasurer. He had visited a similar memorial in California, and during restless nights as a result of medication he was taking, he conjured the idea for the calendars.
The calendars featured patriotic pictures of flags, memorials, and local veterans, and were sold by a group of 25 men. They clocked nearly 300 hours at stores around the county to sell the calendars for the statue.
The stone base for the memorial will showcase inscriptions explaining the statue and dedicating the battle cross to more than 58, 000 soldiers who never set foot back on American soil after the Vietnam War. It is being made by the same company that created the Oregon Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.