We are remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial day. All Oregonians are welcome to join for the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs for a live premiere at 10 a.m. May 31, or tune in at a later time on facebook or youtube.
For the second year in a row, Memorial Day observances in communities, organizations and even within family groups will look very different later this month because of the Covid pandemic.
The parades, large ceremonies and other occasions, for the Oregon veteran community have always found moving and meaningful, have not yet been able to safely return in many places.
Yet, the importance of this day and the emotions and memories that it brings have not changed. Whether they volunteered during a time of war, stood guard over our peace or never expected to wear the uniform until their draft card arrived, their service and selfless sacrifice represent the best and highest ideals that America has to offer. We continue to feel their loss today.
"May we never forget our fallen heroes. They were the best our country had to offer, and their memory inspires us to be better. Their courage moves us. The world is a better place because of them, because they lived and because they served.
May we never forget what they sacrificed, and what their loved ones have lost." said Kelly Fitzpatrick, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs invites you and your loved ones to a safe, reverent and meaningful Memorial Day, by joining in a Statewide Memorial Day Ceremony