Newport Fishermen's Wives thanked everyone that has reached out to offer their support and help with the recent vandalism at the Sanctuary. In the last 24 hours they have heard from the Parks management team, the Mayor, the police department. Lincoln Glass offered to donate materials for the broken out window, and a painter offer to paint, biggest of all we had TCB Security Services offer to donate their patrolling services. Along with a ton of messages offering physical and monetary donations.
The group announced they are going to take this difficult hurdle and turn it into giving this beautiful space some much needed TLC. We also have been informed that we need to make some changes to the building to meet current regulations. For now they are accepting monitory donations to go into the Memorial Building fund. All donations will go directly to improvements and safety upgrades. You can donate by going to our website or you can send in your donation directly to Newport Fishermen’s Wives Memorial building fund PO Box 971 Newport, OR 97365
Early Sunday morning April 11, Newport Fishermens Wives came to the Newport Memorial Sanctuary and found destruction. The Sanctuary was severely vandalized, one of the widows was destroyed. Glass vases, candle holders and frames were broken, glass was found everywhere. Personal items that grieving families have put up in memory of their loved ones were destroyed. The Newport Fishermen's wives now are faced with making hard decisions on how to make this a safe place for families to grieve in peace again. Volunteers will be laminating the saved items and put them in frames without the glass.
They are also asking that people bring flowers in only plastic vases and if you want to bring a memorial candle, it will have to be electric. The Fishermen's Wives thanked the Oregon State parks department for jumping in and cleaning up a huge mess that included a ton of broken glass, food, garbage and human urine. Also to the Newport Police department that assisted in taking a report about the vandalism. Anyone with any information regarding the destruction of property at the Newport Memorial Sanctuary at Yaquina Bay State Park should contact Newport Police Department.
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