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Louis Ibarra of Central Point and his son, Christian, 2, look for familiar names on the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial in Central Point’s Don Jones Memorial Park. Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune photo - Bob Pennell

Those Who Served

Organizers hoping to raise $3,000 to inscribe more names on the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial are turning to the community for help after finding little interest in a spaghetti-feed fundraiser planned for Saturday, Sept. 24.

Though coordinators plastered more than 100 fliers throughout Medford and Central Point advertising the feed, only one person made a reservation, leading to cancellation of the event, said Marty Terrell, a longtime resident and professional event planner.

Terrell worked with state Rep. Dennis Richardson to make the War Heroes Memorial a reality in Don Jones Memorial Park.

Dedicated on Veterans Day in 2008, the site honors the roughly 5,800 Oregonians who have died while serving in all branches of the military.

The fundraiser was planned so the names of 29 more Oregonians who died while serving their country could be inscribed, Terrell said. The new inscriptions would cost around $3,000, of which just over $1,000 has been raised.

"We have a small trust fund, but there isn't money for the inscriptions," she said. "It's frustrating because we'll be doing this same thing again next year when there are names to add."

The spaghetti feed was canceled because the costs would have outweighed the benefits.

"We probably would have made something off of it, but not much," she said. "It seemed much more sensible to try and raise the funds ourselves and ask our community."

Terrell, whose three sons all served in various branches of the military, said she was committed to finding better ways to raise money.

"The names need to be added," she said.

Central Point Mayor Hank Williams, who was involved with planning the memorial, agreed.

Instead of serving spaghetti and salad to residents for a few dollars each, Williams said perhaps community businesses and local civic groups would step up to support the project.

"There's a lot of groups in town that will help out," he said. "We just really need to get those names on there where they belong."

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. Email her at buffyp76@yahoo.com.

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