American Legion Post 180 Honor Guard is leading the dedication ceremony for five new Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery gravestones at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 29.
The new stones were obtained by cemetery volunteers Carolyn Arntson and Karol Miller, working with the American Legion and the U.S. Veteran's Administration. Girl Scout troops 45035 and 41477 also will participate in the ceremony.
The five veterans being honored are Harry N. Bowler, who served in the U.S. Army during World War I; Walter M. Courter, a U.S. Army veteran of the Spanish American War and WWI; James Bethel Kelly, U.S. Army WWI; Howard W. Wagner, U.S. Navy; and Hector Batchelder Campbell, who served in the Klickitat War.
Campbell was the son of one of Oregon's first school teachers who came to Oregon via the Oregon Trail and settled in the Milwaukie area in 1849. He enlisted as a private with Benjamin Armstrong's Oregon Volunteers in 1855. He was married to Annie Lambert, daughter of horticulturist Joseph Lambert, developer of the Lambert cherry.
Parking is available at Protemp, 9788 S.E. 17th Ave., for the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery, 9515 S.E. 17th Ave.