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Oregon National Guard Career and Armed Forces Day celebration at State Capitol to honor Oregon's military (Photo) - 05/11/19

SALEM, Oregon – The public is invited to attend the Armed Forces Day celebration on May 14, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon.  This year’s acknowledgement goes to our World War II veterans and their families as well as those who supported the war effort.

“It is a privilege to honor our World War II veterans and veterans of gold star families,” said Stephen Bomar, director of public affairs for the Oregon Military Department.  “All World War II veterans are encouraged to attend and will be recognized for their service and sacrifice.”

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard’s 234th Army Band.  The Howitzer salute will be performed by the “Governor’s Own” Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment and the 142nd Fighter Wing is scheduled to conduct a flyover.

The salute and flyover will take place at approximately 12:30 p.m., following the ceremony attended by Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon.    

The celebration gives Oregonians an opportunity to see the capabilities of the Oregon National Guard.  The ceremony will be followed by the Oregon National Guard Career Day, which allows students a rare opportunity to see how serving their community and country, while pursuing a career or earning a college degree may be more intertwined than they imagined.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local food trucks are scheduled to be onsite.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all branches of the U.S. military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.


Photo Caption:

A pair of F-15 Eagle fighter jets, assigned to the 142nd Fighter Wing perform a fly over during Armed Forces Day on May 13, 2010.  This year the 142nd Fighter Wing will again perform the fly over ceremony in honor of Armed Forced Day at the  Oregon State Capitol building in Salem, Oregon. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office)     

For more information contact Oregon Military Department Public Affairs at (503) 584-3917.

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