"Let’s not forget to be grateful," Governor says at new Oregon World War II memorial
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today took part in the dedication of a new World War II memorial at Willson Park on the Oregon State Capitol grounds. Joined by Major General Daniel Hokanson, Oregon’s Adjutant General; Lou Jaffe, Oregon WWII Memorial Foundation board member; and hundreds of veterans and their families, the Governor spoke about the importance of the new memorial and the significance of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.
"We’re here today to remember those who served, who sacrificed, and who survived," said Governor Kitzhaber. "In our sober reflection and in our honoring, let’s not forget to be grateful for what we have been given by what others gave."
Governor Kitzhaber began his remarks by recognizing his friend Frank Moore and other veterans present who took part in the Normandy invasion. The Governor also recognized the Oregon Army National Guard, which is preparing two units for deployment to Afghanistan and Kuwait this month. "I ask all Oregonians to hold those Guardsmen and women in their hearts and in their prayers during that deployment."
The Governor paid tribute to Oregon's World War II veterans as well as those from more recent wars. "Veterans are not a burden we have to bear. They are an enormous asset that we have the opportunity to be in touch with. Veterans are exactly what Oregon needs – they are mission-driven, hard-working, service-minded men and women who are ready and able to help their community. All they ask for in return is peace of mind, health, and an opportunity to prosper."
The Governor’s full remarks are available below, along with photos of the historic event.