Patriot day event to honor fallen Oregon City officer
Honoring law-enforcement personnel will be a special focus of the third annual Patriot Day Remembrance event to be held Sept. 11 at the Circle of Honor in Oregon City.
A special part of the free public presentation will honor Oregon City Police Department Reserve Officer Robert A. Libke, who was killed while responding to a Linn Avenue house fire on Nov. 3, 2013. Shot by the resident who had set the house on fire, Libke died the following day, leaving his wife and soon-to-be-born daughter.
Fundraising is underway for bronzed boots to be placed in the entryway of Oregon City's under-construction Robert Libke Public Safety Building on Linn Avenue near the intersection of Warner Milne Road.
When the building's budget, which has had cutbacks, omitted funding for bronzing Libke's boots, the Canemah Neighborhood Association unanimously approved its leadership of the campaign, donating $500 from its treasury.
Libke will be the subject of a special tribute by OCPD Capt. Bill Kler during the Clackamas County's Patriot Day Remembrance program that also will honor the lives lost on 9/11. This year's event will have individual tributes to law enforcement after recognizing fire personnel last year. Among the participants are the Oregon City High School band, the Portland Police Bureau Highland Guard, dignitaries, honor guards, and military representatives.
According to the Patriot Day proclamation issued by President Bush in 2002 and later expanded by President Obama in 2009 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, the main focus is to honor all those Americans — civilian, law enforcement, firefighters and EMT victims — who lost their lives during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Clackamas County's Patriot Day Remembrance committee is not a formal organization but consists of participants from the local VFW, law enforcement, military, fire, schools and the community. They seek to provide a venue for citizens to honor individuals who serve and sacrifice to protect and keep Americans safe. The free program begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, and will last approximately 45 minutes.
Patriot Day Remembrance
What: Remembering individuals who serve and sacrifice to protect and keep citizens safe.
When: 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
Where: Circle of Honor, 2051 Kaen Road, Oregon City
More: You are welcome to bring folding chairs as provided chairs will be limited.
'Bronze His Boots' Campaign
What: Canemah Neighborhood Association's campaign to raise funds to bronze the boots of fallen Oregon City Police Department Officer Robert Libke.
When: 5-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9
Where: Coasters Crossing, 1757 Washington St.; pub owners Brian and Leigh Grant volunteered to donate a portion of proceeds from food and beer sold
Donate: An account has been opened at the Clackamas Federal Credit Union. Checks should be made payable to CNA/Bronze Boots and mailed to CNA Chair Ken Baysinger, 516 First Ave., Oregon City, OR 97045.
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