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.