A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 11:00 am. The memorial will be located on the grounds of Kiwanis Park near the intersection of SW 3rd Ave. and SW 4th St. The public is invited to attend this historic event.
The groundbreaking comes six years after the Battle Ground City Council directed staff to work with the city’s Park Advisory Board and community stakeholders in the design, development and construction of a memorial to honor local veterans who died in service to their country.
To date, thirty local veterans from World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam Conflict, the Persian Gulf Conflict, and Terrorism Threat (Operation Enduring Freedom) have been identified through military records as having lost their lives in service. The memorial was conceived to honor those local men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. The memorial will also have a place to recognize any veteran, living or deceased, who served their country in protecting our freedom. Families and loved ones may purchase a brick to be placed at the memorial, engraved with the veteran’s name, branch of service and dates served.
Funding for the Veterans Memorial project is solely dependent on public donations and contributions. Monetary donations from individuals, businesses and organizations have exceeded $26,000. In-kind donations have supported fundraising events and local contractors have stepped up to provide many of the services and materials to construct the memorial. Fundraising efforts continue in order to complete all phases of the memorial.
Select the Veterans Memorial link below to view a list of the thirty honored veterans; to nominate a veteran for the memorial; to purchase a brick in honor of a veteran, to view the memorial concept plan; and for fundraising event and donation information. You may also contact Battle Ground Parks & Recreation Director Debbi Hanson at 360-342-5385 for more information.