Friday, May 17, 2013

Oregon National Guard celebrates Armed Forces Day at Capitol

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recognizes Oregon National Guard Airmen and Soldiers who recently returned from overseas deployments during the Armed Forces Day celebration, May 16, at the Capitol Mall, in Salem, Ore. From left: Tech. Sgt. Alan Baker, Senior Master Sgt. Cody Pemberton, Capt. Scot Berg, and Staff Sgt. Sarah Summers. (Photo by Staff Sgt. April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon National Guard celebrated Armed Forces Day to honor all military members in a ceremony at the State Capitol Mall in Salem, Ore., May 16.

The event featured military equipment displays from various units throughout the Oregon National Guard and a Howitzer salute by the Oregon Army National Guard’s 2-218 Field Artillery Battalion. The Oregon Army National Guard’s 234th Army Band and high school Junior ROTC teams from local communities were also featured.

In addition to honoring all military members, the event will also honor Korean War veterans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement.

Armed Forces Day was originally created in 1949 to honor Americans serving in all of the branches of the military, and was designated as an official holiday in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy.

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