Halsey is proud to be the home of a beautiful Veterans Memorial Park that honors those from the Central Linn Community (Halsey, Shedd, Brownsville, and surrounding rural area) that served in the armed forces. The center of the park features a tall, granite monument that lists the names of over four hundred veterans who served post WW1. Featured on the Library wall on the north end of the park is a bronze plaque displaying the names of those who served in WW1. Located at the corner of H Street and West 1st Street, the park features benches for rest and relflection, is ADA accessible, and is open to visitors each day from dawn until dusk.
The City of Halsey is honored to have been a recipient of a $28,515 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Veterans & War Memorials Grant program, as well as a $500 grant from the Central Linn Community Foundation to rejuvenate the Veterans Memorial Park. A Veterans Memorial Committee was formed to guide the decision making process for the project.
The project involved removing the maple tree from the park, installing a new circular seating area with benches, a new flag pole and lighting, and a new monument in the center of the park. The unhealthy trees in the planting strip on the south end of the park were replaced, and new planters were added.
The City of Halsey is grateful for the partnership of the American Legion Post 184. We also thank the Brownsville Community Foundation, the Central Linn Lions Club, DLF Pickseed USA, Georgia Pacific, Alyrica, Grace Bible Community Church, the Halsey Shedd Rural Fire Protection District, and the Spirit of the Valley United Methodist Church for their support for the project. The project budget also included volunteer hours, community donations, in-kind donations, and city contribution of labor, equipment and funds.
The memorial was dedicated on November 4, 2017 with over 100 guests in attendance. Click HERE for a wonderful video of the dedication ceremony by the Albany Democrat Herald.
The Veterans Memorial Committee spent several years gathering and researching names for the Memorial; including speaking with community members, going through old newspapers, and visiting local cemeteries. Requests for names were also sent out to the community via the City Newsletter and local newspaper. Each name submission was reviewed by the Veterans Memorial Committee before going on the monument. For a full list of names, click HERE.