Sandy, Boring communities honor veterans at ceremony
Sandy has always been a place of tradition. One of those traditions is honoring our local veterans on Veterans Day.
In Sandy, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4273 members and others from the community gathered Monday morning to commemorate the occasion and thank those who've served. Former post commander Bert Key gave the keynote speech, and Steve Bates, one of those responsible for founding the Boring Vietnam War Memorial followed him with a few words.
"No matter where you served, no matter when you served and no matter what branch of military you served in, I personally owe you a great debt of gratitude," Bates said.
At the Boring ceremony at 2 p.m. in Boring Station Trailhead Park, a small band of community members gathered to commemorate the holiday. Steve Carr, president of the Portland chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas were among those in attendance.
After a brief speech by Steve Bates, veterans of the Vietnam War were invited to receive a lapel pin and letter thanking them for their service. Bates and a group of volunteers are working to fund a Vietnam War Memorial in Salem, to commemorate the four families who lost two sons in Vietnam.
As of now there is not a memorial for Vietnam or Desert Storm veterans in Oregon's capital.
"Oregon can do better," Bates said. "Memorials aren't just for those who died, but all who served. Just as Oregon saluted the Greatest Generation with a World War II Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol Grounds, it is time for Oregon to do the same for the Vietnam War veterans. Veterans Day is designated to honor our military veterans who are still with us. The average age of our Vietnam veterans is now over 70. We are slowly losing our Vietnam veterans. To show our Vietnam veterans the esteem they deserve, a goal has been established to honor our Vietnam veterans with a Vietnam War Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol Grounds by Veterans Day, 2022."
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