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Last week was Fleet Week and did you know that the City of Portland has been celebrating Fleet Week for over a century?
This year was particularly special because the Rose Festival Fleet Committee organized a brand-new event, that profiled military chefs from five fleets and paired them with five local restaurant chefs. Each team was responsible for making street tacos using ingredients found on aircraft carriers and in the end the crowd voted for their favorite tacos.
The friendly competition was dubbed: The Galley Wars
Everyone did an outstanding job and the tacos were delicious! It was a great way to celebrate the culinary talents of our armed forces as well as our world-renowned chefs.
On Saturday, I was honored to join Mayors from across Oregon, as well as members of my team for the Rose Festival’s Grand Floral Parade.
The day started with the Rose Festival Queen’s Coronation. A big congratulations to Mya Brazile – from St. Mary’s Academy!
Then I joined my fellow Mayoral colleagues at our annual Mayoral breakfast in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. We talked about their work around the state and what they’re hoping to accomplish in their cities.
After breakfast, we met thousands of people during our march. The weather was great, the positive energy was palpable, and everyone had a great time.
Thank you to all who made the Grand Floral Parade such a great success!
A couple of days ago, I met with youth climate activists to support them in their fight to tackle climate change.
I also met with the plaintiffs who are currently involved in the landmark constitutional youth climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States that hopes to hold the Federal Government accountable for their lack of action regarding climate change.
It is inspiring to witness the tenacity and the drive of our youth! Here in Portland, we will continue to fight alongside them in protecting our environment.
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, Chief Outlaw and I went to Parkrose High School to honor Coach Keanon Lowe. Chief Outlaw awarded the Coach with the Civilian Medal of Heroism, recognition he deeply deserves. As Mayor of Portland, I proclaimed May 29, 2019, Coach Keanon Lowe
Coach Lowe has my deepest gratitude and respect for his actions on May 17th. He was in the right place at the right time and reacted selflessly when he saw a student in a classroom with a weapon. Because of his actions, the quick thinking of his fellow colleagues, as well as the students who alerted staff of unusual behavior, no one was injured. As we all know, it could have ended much differently. day of recognition on behalf of all Portlanders.
Coach Lowe embodies courage, honor, and self-sacrifice. Since May 17th it has been my pleasure to learn more about him. He is a leader and has been throughout his life. I have heard him say he was placed right where he was needed at a certain moment in time, which I completely agree with. I respect the fact Coach Lowe takes on the mantle of a leader in our city.
He is deeply committed to helping young people who participate in sports and education move forward in life. We all can learn a great lesson from his example.
I am grateful to Coach Lowe for what he did on May 17th, but I am inspired by him because of the quality of his character and his love of others. Dr. Martin Luther King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort or convenience, but where he stands in at times of challenge and controversy”