Saturday, April 20, 2013

Capital Campaign for new Oregon Military Museum continues with gala fundraiser event at Governor Hotel

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Ninety-one year old WWII veteran, Brig. Gen. (Oregon State Defense Force) James B. Thayer, received a standing ovation at the 2013 All-Star Salute to the Oregon Military, held at the Governor Hotel in Portland, Ore., April 20.

The event is part of a two-year, $6.5 million capital campaign fundraiser for the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Ore.

Tommy Thayer, lead guitarist for the rock band KISS, along with local celebrities Patrick Lamb, Linda Hornbuckle, KGW news anchor Brenda Braxton, and former Portland Trailblazer Jerome Kersey, attended the sold-out event to raise funds for the Brig. Gen. (Oregon State Defense Force) James B. Thayer, Oregon Military Museum.

“I’m honored to be a part of this outstanding event to recognize not only my father but all veterans who have sacrificed for our country,” said Tommy Thayer in an interview prior to the event. “The Oregon Military Museum will ensure the legacy of the men and women who have served will not be forgotten.”

The museum will be named in honor of James Thayer, a World War II veteran who helped liberate a concentration camp in the waning days of WWII.

A two-year capital campaign to renovate the Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas is currently underway. Of the $6.5 million goal, $2.5 million has secured thus far. The museum will commemorate the military service and sacrifice of all Oregonians who have served in the nation's armed forces.

Photo by Sgt. Cory Grogan, Oregon National Guard 115 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

Posted by Master Sgt. Nick Choy, Oregon Military Department Social Media Manager

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