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"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

  • 3 Flag Poles

  • 5 Inscribed Granite pedestals that are surrounded by hundreds of Paver Bricks.

  • A tribute are for our POW/MIAs

  • 2 Benches and 2 picnic tables

  • A Blue Star Memorial Highway Tribute

  • A Gold Star Memorial Highway Tribute

  • A Battle Field Cross

David D. Dewett

David Dewett

Navy Veteran, David Dewett, let us begin from the beginning

How it all began:

A few years ago, our local Point Man Ministries group contacted the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) about maintaining a highway stretch through the Adopt-a-Highway program.

After some waiting, a unique opportunity arose.

The state proposed that we adopt a Wayside just north of the McCullough Bridge, as you head north from North Bend, Oregon.

The exciting part was the offer to establish a veterans memorial on the site, ensuring it wouldn't obstruct views of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area or the McCullough Bridge. We were delighted by this fantastic opportunity!

A photo taken by the USCG per our request.  Thanks Guys...! 

Navy veteran, David Dewett, immediately showed great interest in the wayside.  He began organizing work parties to tidy up the area.  Small groups of volunteers would go out and mow the lawn and pick up trash.  Picnic tables were placed on the site and the state erected this sign:

Photo curtesy - Michael Harris 

David Durham made this sign to place at the Wayside.

Honor & Respect

Shortly before being diagnosed with lung cancer, David sort of chastised all of us at a meeting for not acting more quickly on a design for the wayside.  We were all humbled by his tough love. 


The cancer accelerated and Brother Dave passed away on August 6, 2005.  A Celebration of Life was held for him at his home on South Lakeside.  Many showed to pay their respects. 

During the time of mourning it was decided to honor Dave with the "David Dewett Veterans Memorial Wayside".  His family is very grateful for our thoughts regarding David.

It was with great sadness that we reported that Dave's wife, Lynette Roseveare DeWett, passed away as a result of a single car accident on March 4, 2007.  May she rest is peace with Dave...

Veterans' and War Memorial Grants Progam

The 73rd Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned the day before David Dewett passed away.  In their legislative session they passed House Bill 2739 that allows for the following: "State funding assistance made available from State Parks and Recreation to nonprofit veterans' organizations for constructing and restoring veterans and war memorials located on public property."  Our local Point Man Ministries outreach is a "nonprofit" organization and the property is "public".  We view this as an answer to prayer and a real blessing.  Point Man will be applying for funding when the program begins in January 2006.

Views from the Future Memorial

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