Friday, March 20, 2009
Nearly a half-century ago Portland's Mayor Terry Shrunk stood before an audience to dedicate a structure everybody knew would continue to live on for a century or more as a tribute to area Veterans. The spectators heard the following words:
"This Memorial Coliseum is dedicated to the advancement of cultural opportunities of the community and to the memory of our veterans of all wars who made the supreme sacrifice to preserve for us the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die".
January 8, 1961