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Press Release
May 11, 2009
Oregon National Guard set to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Salem
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon National Guard will celebrate Armed Forces Day May13 at the Oregon State Capitol Mall on State street.
The event will feature a thunderous 105mm Howitzer cannon salute and a flyover by four of the top air superiority fighters in the world, the F-15 Eagle.

Oregon Guard soldiers and airmen will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. about the equipment they use and the jobs they perform.

Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski is scheduled to give remarks during the formal portion of the ceremony which begins at noon on Wednesday.

Several JROTC Color Guard units will attend from area high schools including an Army unit from Oregon City, a Navy unit from LaPine, Ore. and a Marine unit from Redmond.

The 125th Special Tactics Squadron from Portland Air National Guard Base will have its dive recovery boat on hand, and an OH-58 Helicopter will be on static display from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the festival.

The celebration gives Oregonians an opportunity to see the capabilities of the Oregon National Guard and introduces them to the agencies which support the state and work with federal partners.

United States President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of the country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the armed forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.

Media are invited to attend.
For more information please contact:
Maj. Mike Braibish, the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Officer at:
(503) 584-3886