Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day

Two Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers render a hand salute following a howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, during Armed Forces Day, May 14, 2019, Salem, Oregon. (Oregon National Guard photo by Maj. Wayne Clyne)

Two Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers render a hand salute following a howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion, during Armed Forces Day, May 14, 2019, Salem, Oregon. (Oregon National Guard photo by Maj. Wayne Clyne)

 

Salem, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard honored all military members and veterans during the annual Armed Forces Day ceremony held at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Oregon, May 14, 2019.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Mike Stencel, Adjutant General, Oregon both spoke at the ceremony that included an F-15 Eagle fly over by the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing and a howitzer salute by the "Governor's Own" Bravo Battery, 2-218th Field Artillery Battalion.

The Oregon Army National Guard’s 234th Army Band provided music during the ceremony.  Salem residents Rita Hathaway, a ‘Rosie the Riveter’ during WWII and war bride, Joy Beebe, were also honored, along with families and other war era veterans.

This year’s Armed Forces Day ceremony paid special acknowledgment to WWII veterans and families as well as those that support the war effort.

A large display of military equipment from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard was on display for visitors attending the ceremony, along with Soldier and Airmen to answer questions. The celebration gave Oregonians a chance to see the capabilities of the Oregon National Guard.

Press release provided from the Oregon Military Department.