Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Armed Forces Day celebration at State Capitol to honor Oregon's military (Photo)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: May 16th, 2017 11:11 AM
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SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to honor all military members in an Armed Forces Day commemoration, May 18, at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon. In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Vietnam veterans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Michael E. Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon, are scheduled to attend the ceremony. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:00 p.m. and will feature music from the Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band and a Howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment. The ceremony will be followed by an F-15 flyover by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing.

Military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard will be on display from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

Oregon Army National Guard Howitzers with the Governor's Own Honor Battery, Bravo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 218th Field Artillery Regiment, fire a salute in honor of Armed Forces Day at the State Capital mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14, 2015. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to the U.S. military from all branches of service.(Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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