Saturday, August 29, 2009

Oregon National Guard members take part in Oregon State Fair

Chief Warrant Officer Ashley Alexander conducts the 234th Army Band during a combined concert with Pink Martini at the Oregon State Fair on June 28, 2009. The concert titled “Oregon! Oregon!” celebrated Oregon’s 150 years of statehood and the proud legacy the Oregon National Guard represents. (U.S. Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Hartman, Oregon Military Department, Public Affairs)

The Oregon National Guard's 234 Army Band kicked off the start of the Oregon State Fair yesterday evening, playing "Oregon! Oregon!" with Portland band, Pink Martini.

Then around noon today, a Joint Force Color Guard, led by the Adjutant General's Select Honor Guard, led a Tribute to Veterans Parade through the fairgrounds.

In the parade were a number of military vehicles, past and present. Before the parade kicked off, fair goers were treated to a flyover by two F-15 Eagle fighter jets from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Fighter Wing, and a 21-gun salute conducted by the Oregon Army National Guard's 2-218 Field Artillery.

Admission to the Oregon State Fair was free for all military members with a valid ID, for both Friday and Saturday. Tonight, the Adjutant General's Select Honor Guard kicks off the USO-style dance from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Military equipment will be on display for public viewing through Sunday.

The Oregon State Fair runs through Sept. 7. For more information, or to see the schedule of events, visit their official site, here.

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

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