- May 26, 2017
- May 26, 2017
“A Tradition Rooted in Courage, Honor, Sacrifice” 2017 Memorial Day Message
Memorial Day is a holiday rooted in tradition. Every year, thousands of Oregonians participate in ceremonies, parades and other solemn events. But long before the first Memorial Day processions wound their way down city streets, long before dignitaries across the country took to podiums to honor service and sacrifice, the holiday started, informally, with a much simpler tradition: the laying of flowers upon the grave of a fallen service member.
Today, over 320,000 veterans call Oregon home. We are a strong and diverse community, spanning four generations across five major wars. With every veteran counted, we must also recognize the sacrifice of their spouses and families, who served on the home front while their loved ones were in uniform.
Women Veterans Coordinator, ODVA
Veterans Resource Specialist, PCC Sylvania
Listening to Oregon Women Voices
“I’ve been so angry recently,” she said, speaking quietly, her voice shaking. “It’s been 30 years, and I’ve never told anyone what my sergeant did to me. I was only 19.”
These are the words of an Oregon woman veteran, sharing her story during a listening session with me in the spring of 2016.
Transitioning from Boots to Books: Quick Tips for Student Veterans
Many student veterans struggle with the transition from military service to higher education. Most, if not all, post-secondary institutions offer services to help student veterans make the most of their college experience. Here are some of my quick tips for veterans who are wading into the world of higher education: