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
Greshams 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 companys 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