Salem Historical Quarterly
Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs
700 Summer Street (on the corner of Union and Summer)
503-373-2085


The Lobby exhibits a display of historical military service mementos donated by Oregon veterans. Perhaps you will want to add something from a veteran in your family.

The Lobby is open to visitors 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday

Park in metered spaces on Summer or Capitol Street.

When You Are Here:
Visit the Park to the north of the building to view these five memorials:

Spanish-American War Plaque honors Oregon veterans who served in 1898-9. Al Jones, a former Statesman-Journal reporter and local historian, found this commemorative plaque while searching through the historical properties in the basement of the capitol building.

Doughboy Statue honors of 75,000 Americans who died in France. Originally placed on the front lawn of the Marion County Courthouse in 1924, it was removed and relocated here in 1991.

VFW Veterans Monument (pictured above) was dedicated in 1986. The design, by veteran Roger McGee, began with a wire skeleton, sculptured in clay using a soldier from the National Armory as a model. The finished statue was cast in twenty pieces of antique bronze and welded together.

Korean War Memorial dedicated in 1999, is the long awaited dream of the Iron Triangle Chapter of the Oregon Korean War Veterans Association. The 1249th Engineer Battalion of the Oregon Army National Guard provided the site preparation and concrete work for this memorial.

Medal of Honor Monument was dedicated in 1984. It was recently inscribed with the name of two additional recipients, previously unknown. A cedar tree has been planted in memory of each medal recipient.

Mill Creek flows through the landscaped park. Benches are provided for visitors’ rest and reflection.

To Learn More:
Contact Edda Markey at the Director's Office, 503 373 2085.

A recent project is a memorial to Oregonians in military service who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afganistan. Ask for more information and how you can contribute.