Editorial:Go Eagles

The Hall of Fame event last week, with its fond reminiscences on past exploits, showed how firmly engrained was the sports experience in the continuing lives of standout athletes.

It’s an affirmation of the power of teamwork, and community, given the numerous citations of support for athletes.

With Homecoming and all its events next week, there are ways the community can continue this tradition and get behind the teams, and students in general who have formed “Eagle Army” to rally school spirit this year. The public can attend the 1:15 p.m. Friday parade, and the game that night.

On the other hand, new this year is that parents will not be allowed to attend Thursday’s Air Guitar, for gym space reasons, but DVDs of the event will be for sale, which is another way to support it.

Visit the school and check out the hall decorations, and go to the parade and cheer on the teams and groups. It’s one more way for the community to support the school, and given recent frightening events, those connections are precious.

Flags lowered: CWO Jonathan Gibson

Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered all flags at public institutions to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, Sept.27, in honor of Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson.

“CWO Gibson was among the best of Oregon, serving both his state and nation,” said Kitzhaber. “My thoughts are with his family and his unit during this difficult time. His death is tragic and he will be missed by many, but his legacy of service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

CWO Gibson, 32, of Aurora, died Sept. 22, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk crash while operating in the central Red Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.

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