- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Big pieces are dropping into place for the Oregon World War II memorial on the state Capitol grounds in Salem.

With donated help from a massive crane Thursday, workers set the centerpiece, a 33-foot tall, five-sided pillar weighing in at nearly 15 tons of solid granite. Walls listing the names of more than 3,700 Oregonians killed in the war were already in place.

Construction began in early February and is expected to wrap up in June. A formal dedication ceremony is scheduled for June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy in France.

State lawmakers in 2011 approved $250,000 in state funding toward the project’s $1.2 million cost. Funding for much of the rest has also been raised.

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