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IN PHOTOS: Gresham's Heroes Memorial gets a helping hand

Troop 664 Boy Scout John Bacon will refurbish and replace 450 brass nameplates for his Eagle Scout Project


OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Boy Scout John Bacon (left) and Hilti North America representative Kevin Stahler place the companys epoxy glue on bricks that will hold brass nameplates at Greshams Heroes Memorial. Gresham’s Heroes Memorial, located at the corner of West Powell Boulevard and Roberts Avenue, is getting a facelift of sorts.

Boy Scout Troop 664 Scout John Bacon, a student at Mayer Christian Schools in Gresham, has been enlisted to refurbish some 450 brass nameplates bearing the inscribed names of local service members, police officers and firefighters. People have purchased bricks with the nameplates inscribed for $50 each, said Frank West, Gresham VFW Post 180 Commander. But that barely covers the cost of each brick and nameplate.

So when it was recently discovered that many of the nameplates were coming loose or even disappearing altogether, West and other supporters of the memorial took action.

They found a friend in Hilti North America, part of the international Hilti Group that manufactures specialized tools and fastening systems. The company’s Portland office donated $950 worth of epoxy that Bacon will use to re-affix nameplates to their bricks once they are all removed and repolished. For his efforts, Bacon will earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

Shown here are a series of photos from the beginning of the restoration effort, which Bacon hopes to finish by the end of the summer.

OUTLOOK PHOTOS BY JOSH KULLA

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 Commander Frank West (left) talks with Kevin Stahler of Hilti North America (right) and Gresham Boy Scout John Bacon (center) about Bacons planned restoration of the hundreds of brass nameplates at Greshams Heroes Memorial.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Hilti North America representative Kevin Stahler explains to Boy Scout John Bacon how to properly use the companys epoxy to secure brass nameplates to their bricks.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Greshams Heroes Memorial is dedicated to military, police and fire personnel and features nearly 500 brass nameplates (foreground) bearing the names of past and present service members, police officers and firefighters. Many of the plates, however, are coming loose from their bricks and need to be refurbished.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Kevin Stahler of Hilti International, VFW Post 180 Quartermaster Tyler Marriot, VFW Post 180 Commander Frank West and Troop 664 Boy Scout John Bacon pose at Greshams Heroes Memorial.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Gresham Boy Scout John Bacon is refurbishing and replacing all 450-plus brass nameplates, shown here, that are featured at the city's Heroes Memorial at the corner of Southeast Powell Boulevard and Roberts Avenue.