- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Crews have started building Oregon’s World War II memorial on the grounds of the state Capitol in Salem.

The memorial will include a five-sided pillar that resembles an obelisk and reaches 33 feet tall. A wall will list the names of Oregonians killed in the war.

Construction began Monday 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.

The Oregon Army National Guard says soldiers from the 224th Engineer Company will assist with excavating and clearing the construction site.

State lawmakers in 2011 approved $250,000 in state funding toward the project’s $1.2 million cost.

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