Photo Gallery 8 Images
CANYONVILLE, Ore. — Supporters of a plan to build a Vietnam Memorial Wall in Medford held a drawing on Friday at Seven Feathers Casino Resort to raise funds for the project.
Southern Oregon Veterans Benefits (SOVB) has led the charge on the Medford wall, and prepared to raffle off a restored cherry-red '65 Ford Fairlane 500. Proceeds from the ticket sales go toward the wall project.
"Installing this replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall has been a goal of SOVB for several years. We believe it can serve as a piece of healing for US Vets, of which there are more than 50,000 in Jackson County alone," said SOVB president Ron Kohl. "Many thousands cannot make it to DC to see the wall. Many thanks to those who have been constant in their support of the SOVB goal, i.e., The City of Medford's Parks and Recreation Department, the State if Oregon, the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, as well as our architect, our engineer, and our contractor."
Kohl and the SOVB have been working on the project for several years. The panels for the wall replica are ready and the land has been purchased, but the drawing will help to fund the necessary permits and installation costs.