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May 15, 2008
Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day at the State Capitol Mall
 
Salem, OR- Under sunny skies four F-15's from Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls and Portland Air National Guard Base flew in formation over the Oregon State Capitol in honor of Armed Forces Day. All past and present members of the military were honored during the ceremony Thursday, May 15, 2008.

"All have paid a price," said Oregon State Senate President Peter Courtney. "Some with their blood, some with their mind and some with their lives," he added.

With a toddler in her stroller and her three older kids looking on, Ruth Carter and hundreds of others listened intently as speakers spoke to the importance of recognizing our nation's veterans.

"I teach my kids how our country fights for freedom and if it wasn't for our country who knows what our world would be like," said Carter.

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, recognized Thomas P. Moyer, Sr. as an honorary member of the 186th Infantry Regiment. Moyer, a World War II veteran served in the Pacific Theater with the 41st Infantry Division, the first National Guard unit to deploy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Two other Oregon residents, also former members of the 41st Division, attended the event.

"When we went by the band it was very hard to stand still," said 87-year-old Bud Lewis, a WWII veteran who served with the 41st Infantry Division. "You want to march, even though I don't march as fast as I once did I still want to march," added Lewis.

"We all appreciate being appreciated," said Bud Jensen, also a WWII veteran who served with the 41st Infantry Division.

The Oregon National Guard's 234th Army Band played music, while residents viewed a static display of special equipment including a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, 105mm Howitzer cannons, a light armored vehicle, military firefighting equipment, a HEMTT, and a Humvee. In addition, there were displays of special communications equipment, as well as equipment used by the 125th Special Tactics Squadron – one of only two special operations units in the National Guard.

May is National Military Awareness month. Armed Forces Day was established on August 31, 1949.

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Members of the public and Oregon Guard members gathered on the Capitol Mall to celebrate Oregon's Armed Forces Day. The celebration gives citizens an opportunity to see the capabilities of the Oregon National Guard and the Office of Emergency Management, and introduces them to the agencies which support the state and work with federal partners. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, Oregon Military Department)

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Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, presents Thomas P. Moyer, Sr. with a plaque making him an Honorary Member of the 186th Infantry Regiment. Moyer is a World War II veteran who served in the Pacific Theater with the 41st Infantry Division which was the first National Guard unit to deploy after the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, Oregon Military Department)

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During Armed Forces Day members of the public and the Oregon Guard watch as F-15 Eagles from the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls, Ore. and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, Ore. fly over the Oregon Capitol Mall. (Photo by Spc. Josh Hudson, 115th MPAD)
 
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Members of the public and Oregon Guard members were treated to a ceremonial firing of three 105mm Howitzer cannons during Armed Forces Day held in Salem, Ore. May 15, on the Capitol Mall. The celebration gives citizens an opportunity to see the capabilities of the Oregon National Guard and the Office of Emergency Management, and introduces them to the agencies which support the state and work with federal partners. (Photo by Spc. Josh Hudson, 115th MPAD)
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Maj. Mike Braibish
Oregon Military Dept.
Public Affairs Officer
503-584-3886