Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day in downtown Portland: Images and thoughts

Here are some of the images and thoughts of Oregon's citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen who took part in the Rose Festival/Memorial Day March in downtown Portland, on May 25, 2009.

"Memorial Day is very special to me. My grandfather served in WWII. I’d just like the chance to honor veterans who have served." U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Isaac Engle, Bravo Battery, 2-218 Field Artillery, Oregon Army National Guard

"Memorial Day is to honor those who never came home." U.S. Army Cadet Paul Robert Lyon, Officer Cadet, Oregon Army National Guard

"Memorial Day is a way to honor those individuals who served our country, and those that are currently serving our country, defending our freedom every day." U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Mertz, 142nd Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, Oregon Air National Guard

"It’s an honor to be out here to serve, to honor the guys who are serving for us." U.S. Army veteran and Patriot Guard Rider member, Mr. Bill Emera, Gresham, OR

"Memorial Day is to honor those who have fought for our country to give us the freedom we have today, especially those who fell in the line of duty, serving our country, in some of the harshest of times and some of the toughest places in the world." U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hartman, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 821 Battalion, Oregon Army National Guard

"Memorial Day is remembering all the past, present and future soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. I hope as a nation, we never ever forget." U.S. Army Master Sgt. Jerry Glesmann, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Adjutant General's Select Honor Guard, Oregon Army National Guard

"It’s definitely a privilege for us to come here and represent the Oregon Army National Guard on Memorial Day. It’s something that strikes close to home, be it family or friends who are fighting overseas. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend our weekend than to be here taking part in this parade." U.S. Army 1st Lt. Richard Osmer, 102nd Civil Support Team, Oregon Army National Guard

Above: Bill Ray of Estacada, OR, member of the Klamath Tribe and Northwest Indian Veterans' Association. United States Army veteran

"Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen and given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and honor their memory." U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Angel Smith, HHC 41st Infantry Brigade, Oregon Army National Guard

"This day is a really special time to remember those troops that have gone before us to keep our freedom for the United States." U.S. Army Lt. Col. Alisha Hamel, Joint-Forces Headquarters, Oregon Army National Guard

"To me, Memorial Day means just what we're doing now--getting out and doing a parade, hanging out with our families, honoring my uncle who was killed in Vietnam. It's not about having a barbecue or having a couple of beers with your friends--it's about honoring the people who have come before us." U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Ray Hernandez, First Sergeant, 142nd Fighter Wing Medical Group, Oregon Air National Guard


Check out the rest of our photos on our Facebook album, here.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

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