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Spc. John Pelham to be memorialized at Cornelius veterans' park

John Alexander Pelham, the Beaverton Army specialist who was killed in action in Kapisa Province, Afghanistan Feb. 12, will be memorialized at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at Veterans Memorial Park in Cornelius.

Pelham’s name will be added to more than 210 names engraved on the black granite wall at the park, 1251 Baseline St., said Hillsboro resident Zack Gallinger-Long, who is organizing the event.

“During [Pelham’s] funeral procession hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects,” said Gallinger-Long, whose younger brother, Ryley Gallinger-Long, died while on duty with the Navy in Afghanistan in 2011.

Ryley’s name is on the wall, which lists military veterans from Washington County killed or missing in action since World War II.

“The community will gather together again to honor [Pelham’s} sacrifice as his name is added to the wall,” Gallinger-Long said.

Included in the ceremony will be the singing of the National Anthem, bagpipes music and an honor guard. Speakers will include John Pelham’s father, Wendall Pelham, and Washington County Commmissioner Bob Terry.

Area residents are invited to “support the Pelham family and learn more about John’s life and the ultimate sacrifice [he made] in service to his country,” said Zack Gallinger-Long.

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