WARRNETON, Ore. — A statue of a Vietnam War soldier dressed in full uniform with rifle in hand and a teardrop rolling down his cheek is coming to downtown Warrenton by the end of the year.

The Daily Astorian reports that a groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the bronze, 7-foot-2-inch statue. The soldier is shown standing with his right foot perched on a rock, staring down reflectively. The statue resides on a 6-foot-tall base.

Fundraising began for a monument 27 years ago, but an economic downturn stalled those ambitions. The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post decided to try again by applying for a biannual grant from the state that’s specifically allocated for monuments.

The Warrenton City Commission approved a $72,020 grant from the state Parks and Recreation Department in April.

Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com

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