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Vets Day Events Slated, ODVA to Add Names to Memorial
Press Release
Nov. 4, 2011
 
SALEM  – As part of Veterans Day celebrations statewide, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) will once again host a memorial ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., on the department’s grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E.
 
The public ceremony will honor four fallen Oregon service members who died recently while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq plus, the other 127 men and women who have given their lives while serving our nation. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial and will be read during the ceremony.
 
ODVA Director Jim Willis will be the keynote speaker. The Oregon National Guard will present military honors.
 
Other special events, parades, and gatherings to honor America’s military veterans on Veterans Day are planned in communities throughout Oregon. ODVA has compiled a statewide list of many of these events. A link to that list is attached to this media advisory.
 
Veterans Day is a national tribute that traces its roots to World War I. Willis said America rose to greatness on the shoulders of our military veterans whose responsibility has been to defend freedom and protect their country.
 
"American men and women have pledged their lives to protect our nation’s security, creating a debt that we can never fully repay. More than ever before, our veterans represent the best of America. They deserve the best we can give them," Willis said.
 
"We offer them our respect, our gratitude, and our promise that we will never forget their valor or their sacrifice."
 
In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent in Europe. The armistice was signed, signaling the end of "the war to end all wars."
 
One year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as Armistice Day. The tradition of observing the day on November 11 continued, and since 1954, that date has been set aside as Veterans Day.
 
The list is attached to this news release and can be viewed online at: http://www.oregon.gov/ODVA/VeteransDay.shtml
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