for the Henkel Gazebo
July 4, 2001
This evening we are a community gathered to honor the birth of
our nation and to celebrate our friendship. Once again as so many
times before, Newcom Park is the place we choose to come
This park is the spot where we as a neighborhood gather to
share our joys, to talk about the day's happenings, to celebrate
weddings. We join here to celebrate holidays and to share picnic
lunches with each other.
The Gazebo has become a focal point of our neighborhood and
symbolizes all that is good about this community we call Oregon.
We have lavished this structure with greenery to welcome the
holiday season. We have gathered around its limestone columns to
sing Yuletide carols. Banners and flags hang here to honor our
country. We have gathered under its copper dome to seek shelter
from the rain and to simply sit and share food and drink.
Today, we gather in the shadow of the Gazebo to honor two
people who embody the spirit of community and family. Bill and
Joanne Henkel are forever a part of the bricks and mortar of this
neighborhood and will forever be a part of its breath. They are,
in fact a part of the living Gazebo that is the soul of this
It is fitting this evening, that we dedicate this structure in
the names of William and Joanne Henkel. Today and forever, this
Gazebo will be known as The Henkel Gazebo.
- Mike Martin