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CHARLESTON, Ore. - About two months ago a driver damaged both the wooden and iron gates that guard the Charleston Fisherman's Memorial, and now they need to be repaired.
Members of the Charleston Community Enhancement Committee said that in a community like this one, fishing is a way of life, so they see many people lose their lives.
The memorial is dedicated to fisherman who have lost their lives both due to natural causes and by getting lost at sea. It gives families a place to comemorate their loved ones when they never had a body to bury.
”This memorial allows families to come out and gives them a place of solace so that they may commune with their loved ones there that they’ve never been able to return their bodies and give them a proper burial. They were lost at sea," said Knute Nemeth, the president of the Fisherman's Memorial.
Nemeth said they're seeking the public's help to help them fund both some repairs and some upgrades to the memorial. He said they'll be fixing both the iron and wooden gates as well as adding a few more envgravings and cleaning up the statues and stones currently there.
Nemeth said if you'd like to donate to help out the memorial you can send money to PO Box 5882, Charleston, OR 97420, or give him a call at 541-294-9861.