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Most City offices closed Wednesday, June 19, to observe Juneteenth

The City of Portland recognizes Juneteenth as a formal day of remembrance to honor Black American history and the end of slavery in the United States. Learn about Juneteenth.

Future Plans for Honoring Veterans at Veterans Memorial Coliseum

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Memorial wall at Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The Veterans Memorial Coliseum and memorial walls look different today than they used to and much of that is due to the age of the Coliseum.
2022 image of memorial wall at Veterans Memorial Coliseum

To protect health and safety, the City of Portland removed memorial walls outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum in early 2022. Infrastructure holding the panels in place had deteriorated, and several panels became displaced from their original positions.

The walls, which honor local veterans who died serving their country, are being safely stored while the City explores long-term options to meaningfully honor veterans at the Coliseum. A new digital memorial features: history, biographies, photographs and an invitation to submit content.

Funding would need to be identified to repair and return the walls, or to install another memorial. The City is committed to ensure that any future project is inclusive, consistently recognizing local veterans and representing those who lost their lives in all military conflicts.