Saturday, May 26, 2012
Memorial Day 2012
As we approach Memorial Day 2012, on Monday, May 28, we pause to remember the more than one million men and women who have given their lives to preserve our nation and our way of life from the time of the Revolutionary War to the current wars in the Middle East.
While I join my fellow veterans and citizens in honoring these brave military personnel, this Memorial Day, I will be thinking of the 3,758 Oregonians who lost their lives during World War II. Just nine days following this Memorial Day and on the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Europe, we will conduct a groundbreaking ceremony for Oregon’s own World War II Memorial.
The Oregon World War II Memorial will be built on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem near the intersection of Court and Cottage streets. The public ceremony on June 6 will begin at 1:30 p.m.
If you would like to learn more about the long-overdue memorial or make a donation, please go to www.facebook.com/oregonww2memorial.
In addition to remembering our honored dead, Memorial Day can also be an educational opportunity for our youth.
There are many ceremonies scheduled throughout Oregon. I encourage those who can to take some young people to these ceremonies so that they can understand the real price of freedom.
My heart is also with those families who suffered the loss of their loved ones during their wartime service. May these ceremonies help them as they continue to grieve for these most-honored Oregonians.
Jim Willis, director
Oregon Department of