Friday, May 7, 2010

Oregon's military families honored during ceremony at State Capitol

SALEM, ORE. -- Members of Oregon's military services, representatives from city and state agencies, and the Oregon National Guard, honored military families during a ceremony marking May 8 as Military Family Appreciation Day, at the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., on May 7. The event highlighted the contributions and sacrifices miltary families make on behalf of their military members. Participants were given copies of the proclamation signed by Governor Ted Kulongoski. (Pictured from left to right are: Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon; Paula Brown, Deputy Director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs; Mrs. Mary Balakas, wife of Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Martin Balakas of the 173rd Fighter Wing in Klamath Falls; Mrs. Ashley Lacer, wife of Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Michael Lacer, member of the 162 Engineers, who is currently deployed to Afghanistan; and Mr. Fritz Graham, who represented Oregon Senator Ron Wyden). (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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