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Press Release
May 05, 2010
Governor to recognize Military Families with Proclamation
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski will recognize military dependent families and sign a proclamation declaring May 8 as Military Family Appreciation Day in Oregon.

The official presentation will be made in the governor's ceremonial office at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 7.

The governor said the observance was designated to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by not only brave men and women in uniform who serve and defend the United States, but also to draw awareness to the families who stand behind them with love and support as they do so.

"We want all Oregonians to always recognize and honor the sacrifices, support and dedication of the families of the men and women who have served," Kulongoski said. "That steadfast support for each military member helps America to continually maintain a strong, well-equipped, well-educated and well-trained military to safeguard freedoms and perform peacekeeping missions around the world."

During the 2009 legislative session, the 75th Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2762 that would designate May 8th of each year as Military Family Appreciation Day in the state.

The family members who will be highlighted at the ceremony on May 7 represent families of military members who have returned from deployments, those who are currently on deployment, and those who serve here in the state.

Also attending the event will be Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General of Oregon, Paula Brown, Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs, and Cameron Smith, the governor's senior military policy advisor.

Kulongoski said, "The example of the thousands of Oregon Guard and Reserve families who are left behind while troops volunteer to serve in harms prompted the state's lawmakers to designate this day to honor our military families."

At least five cities in Oregon will be hosting major community events on May 8 to commemorate the day. They include, Clackamas, Forest Grove Grants Pass, Medford, and The Dalles.
Contact Info: Capt. Stephen Bomar, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs: 503-990-9508