CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- The City of Central Point said they plan to build a memorial in honor of former Oregon Secretary of State and veteran Dennis Richardson. Plans for the new memorial will be unveiled at today's Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony.
"Dennis Richardson was a very big supporter of Central Point," said Nikki Petersen, who works with Central Point's Parks and Recreation Department. "He was just a very beloved resident to many people. His family still lives here in Central Point, so we can't think of anywhere better to have a memorial for him."
The Dennis Richardson Memorial will be built right next to the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial at Don Jones Memorial Park. That's because Richardson was instrumental in building the memorial, according to the Central Point Parks and Recreation Department. The city said they're still working on getting funding and building a construction timeline for the new memorial.
Central Point's Veterans Day Commemoration will be at the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial and will start at 9 a.m. The ceremony honors veterans living in Southern Oregon and the nearly 6,000 Oregon veterans who died in the line of duty.
The event includes three speakers, the lowering of the American Flag by Junior Civil Air Patrol Color Guards and bagpipe music. Local Boy Scouts will surround the memorial with chairs so people can sit for the ceremony and a local church will be bringing hot coffee and donuts for everyone who comes.
Many Central Point locals said they try to honor these veterans each day.
"I walk through the memorial in the morning," said Michael Blum. "I try to read a different name of a different soldier just to put in my brain what they did for the country. It's just a little respect for them as I come through."
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