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Press Release
January 30, 2007
PFC Ryan J. Hill of Keizer to return to Oregon tomorrow
PFC Ryan J. Hill who lost his life in an IED blast in Iraq on January 20, 2007 will be returned to Oregon on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 between 11:15 a.m. and 11:30. Hill will be flown into Flightcraft in Portland, Ore.
At this location his family will await his arrival and then there will be a procession from Portland to the AAsum-Dufour Funeral Home in Albany, Ore.
The family of PFC Hill would welcome citizens and news media to be present along the route to show their support and pay respects for one of Oregon's Fallen Soldiers.
The procession will travel 205 to I-5 to Albany, they will exit I-5 at Exit 234B for arrival at the funeral home.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10 a.m. at the Peoples Church, 4500 Lancaster Drive NE in Salem, Ore.
Preceding the Memorial service will be a procession from Albany to Salem. Upon entering the City of Salem, the procession will proceed to the Oregon State Capitol Building where a short ceremony and moment of silence will be held. All are invited to participate in this ceremony.
American Flags will be distributed to all who attend at the Capitol Building that morning. The ceremony is slated to begin at 9 a.m. Jon Moritz of the Patriot Guard Riders will play Amazing Grace on the Bagpipes, Steve Slater, Youth Minister and now missionary from the Assembly of God Church will offer a prayer. This will be followed by moment of silence and the ringing of the church bells in the downtown area.
The procession will then move down Court St. to Liberty turning north and then traveling to Keizer onto River Road North. Turning west onto Chemawa Road to enter the McNary High School parking lot. They will then depart the school via Chehalis to Lockhaven Drive and head east to Portland Road NE. They will then turn left onto Lancaster Drive to the Peoples Church.
Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for close family and friends at the Peoples Church.
The soldier will then be transported in a procession from the church for internment at Willamette National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. All are invited to attend the ceremonies.
News media with questions should contact Kay Fristad at 503-584-3917 or cell 503-931-5179.