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“The Lionesses” – A Tribute to Women in Military in Springfield, Oregon

December 5, 2017
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Committee Members and Crowd with “The Lionesses”

Women have served on behalf of our country in many roles.

In honor of their commitment, the City of Springfield, Oregon and the Springfield Women Veterans Committee worked together over the last 18 months to develop a bronze sculpture that honors all women who have served in the United States military.

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Bronze artists Rip Caswell & Alison Brown with Neil Laudati (staff)

The committee developed objectives and characteristics for this public art piece. They wanted it to reflect and represent all women in the military who embody courage, tenacity, leadership, loyalty, honor and strength. Bronze artists Rip Caswell and Alison Brown of Campus Sculpture captured the spirit of women in military by meeting and learning from the women veterans involved in this effort. This collaboration resulted in something that is truly special.

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Committee Members at the Dedication

The Oregon Women Veterans Memorial sculpture, called “The Lionesses,” is one of only a handful of memorials in the entire nation dedicated to women in the military. It is possible thanks to a State of Oregon Veterans & War Memorials Grant and transient room tax funding.

The three lionesses depicted together are symbolic of all women veterans past, present, and future. Underneath the lionesses’ paws, all five branches of the United States military service are symbolically represented.

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National Guard at Dedication

The sculpture was dedicated on Friday, November 10, 2017 with the support of hundreds who attended the event.

Next time you visit Springfield, Oregon, take a moment to visit this new memorial. Remember the many women who dedicated their lives on behalf of their fellow Americans. Think of the women currently in service and of those who will serve in the future. They are all our heroes.

Location

The Oregon Women Veterans Memorial sculpture is located at the corner of “I Street” and Mohawk Boulevard in Springfield, Oregon. The sculpture was installed in the Springfield Veterans Memorial Plaza, which is within Willamalane Park and Recreation District’s park.

About Springfield Veterans Memorial Plaza

The memorial plaza provides community members and guests a place for reflection, education, and events. It is ADA accessible and within a beautifully maintained park to serve as a space to honor those who have served our country. The memorial plaza also features a memorial to Vietnam Veterans and will be the site of future memorials.

Written by Amber Fossen, Public Affairs Coordinator for the City of Springfield

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