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Dr. Leveque to Speak at Armed Forces Day Recognition in Yamhill CountyBonnie King Salem-News.com
Keeping America strong and secure, United in purpose, Steadfast in Service.
(MCMINNVILLE, Ore.) - Stand and be recognized! Past and present members of all branches of the Armed Forces are invited to attend a special celebration, Saturday May 19th in McMinnville, Oregon.
Vineyard Heights Assisted Living & Retirement Cottages is hosting a tribute to current and former members of the military for the official Armed Forces Day holiday.
“Support the troops”- a few years ago you couldn’t drive down the street without seeing that banner. But what does “Support the Troops” mean? If you or a family member is a member of the military, or ever was, you know what really being supported is all about.
It’s more than putting a yellow ribbon on your car, or waving a flag at a parade. It’s not a trend. It’s not something to take lightly. Really supporting our troops means thinking of them in good times and bad; helping them through the tough times, remembering that we promised to stand by them.
Armed Forces Day was created in the United States in 1949 to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, and it is more relative today than ever.
The holiday was meant to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days following the consolidation of the military services under the Department of Defense and it did so, for the most part. It was made official by President Kennedy in 1962 and is always celebrated on the third Saturday in May.
"...Our Servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace--many of them away from their homes, their friends and their families. They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve. They are also evidence of a harsh but inescapable truth--that the survival of freedom requires great cost and commitment, and great personal sacrifice." ~President John F. Kennedy, 1963
Originally formed as a type of “educational program for civilians”, Armed Forces Day was kicked off with parades and speeches, and celebrations to beat the band. The military used the chance to show the public new “state of the art” equipment and expand public understanding of types of jobs. Today, it continues to be an opportunity to take note of the work our military does, and give recognition.
The program begins at 2:00 Saturday in McMinnville, Oregon, with yours truly serving as MC.
The featured guest speaker is Dr. Philip Leveque and he will share “the best kept secret of World War II”. It has something to do with 26 German officers... you will have to attend to hear the whole story, direct from the source!
Dr. Leveque is a WWII veteran from Molalla, Oregon. He has degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, and toxicology. He was a Professor of Pharmacology, employed by the University of London for 2 years; and he personally trained the first doctors in Tanzania.
Phil Leveque was a Combat Infantryman in the U.S, Army in WWII. He suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) more than 60 years after the war, and specialized in treating Veterans with PTSD during his years as a doctor in Molalla, Oregon. He wrote the book, “General Patton’s Dogface Soldiers”; he is the medical expert and regular contributor to Salem-News.com.
In recognition of those that are missing or have given their lives, there will be a reserved table designated for Missing Soldiers, and a special moment of silence in their honor.
Renowned pianist and composer Mike Strickland will be performing an Americana medley of songs for the audience, a special treat.
Veterans in attendance will especially enjoy the tribute, with the finale an unveiling of the Vineyard Heights "Wall of Honor" on the first floor.
It is important to remember that as we celebrate Armed Forces Day, many of our most valued citizens will not be joining us. Instead, they will be in the line of duty, serving our country, many of them at risk, and some of them may even give their lives. Recognizing their sacrifice is what it’s all about.
“Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death.” ~ Sun Tzu
Armed Forces Tribute at Vineyard Heights
345 SW Hill Road
McMinnville, OR 97128
2:00 – 3:30 pm
Bonnie King has been with Salem-News.com since August '04, when she became Publisher. Bonnie has served in a number of positions in the broadcast industry; TV Production Manager at KVWB (Las Vegas WB) and Producer/Director for the TV series "Hot Wheels in Las Vegas", posts as TV Promotion Director for KYMA (NBC), and KFBT (Ind.), Asst. Marketing Director (SUPERSHOPPER MAGAZINE), Director/Co-Host (Coast Entertainment Show), Radio Promotion Director (KBCH/KCRF), and Newspapers In Education/Circulation Sales Manager (STATESMAN JOURNAL NEWSPAPER). Bonnie has a depth of understanding that reaches further than just behind the scenes, and that thoroughness is demonstrated in the perseverance to correctly present each story with the wit and wisdom necessary to compel and captivate viewers.
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