On Sunday, September 11, 2011, Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will receive the distinguished Blue Star Memorial Marker, a memorial plaque honoring the men and women who are and have served in the Armed Forces.
The marker will be unveiled at a dedication ceremony hosted by the Portland District Garden Clubs. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 pm at the Blue Star Memorial Reflection Garden at PF&R’s Training & Safety Facility, located at 4800 NE 122nd. Portland District Director Jennifer Nash and PF&R’s Training Staff Captain Kyle Wochnick will conduct the ceremony with PF&R’s Honor Guard to post the colors, the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. President, Garnet Ascher, dedicating the marker, Past Portland District Director, Nancy Ebsen, accepting the marker on behalf of Portland District and Pastor Peter Warner to lead an invocation.
The memorial marker bears the words, “A Tribute to the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America”. An additional memorial plaque honoring veterans will be featured at PF&R’s Blue Star Memorial Reflection Garden.
The memorial marker was purchased using Blue Star Memorial Funds. Portland District Garden Clubs received official permission from the United States Government to have the memorial plaque placed along SE 122nd in front of PF&R’s Training Facility.
The Blue Star tradition began during World War II, when families hung a small banner with a blue star in their windows to honor family members serving the country. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the Blue Star Memorial Program, which established dedication sites in parks and at historic locations and initiated a highway system of thousands of miles, along which large metal markers with the Blue Star were placed.
The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony at 2:00 pm on September 11th to help the Portland District Garden Clubs and PF&R to honor past, present, and future veterans from all United States Armed Forces Branches.
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