Date and Time
Thursday, July 11th, 2013 at 4:00pm
Admission is free July 11 only for Marion County service members, veterans & their families. Each family member needs a separate voucher for free admission. Vouchers can be obtained from the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, 700 Summer Street, Salem; Salem Vet Center, 2645 Portland Road, Suite 250, Salem; or from the Family Assistance Specialist in Room 218 at the Anderson Readiness Center, 3225 State Street, Salem. For other locations or more information, contact Élan Lambert at (503) 449‐2134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A salute to Marion County’s veterans, service members & their families will take place at the Marion County Fair on July 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. The Joining Community Forces Community Covenant Signing Ceremony will include music, children’s activities & an official honoring of veterans, service members & military families through a covenant signing by elected officials, community leaders & the public. Rock band Almost Friday will perform beginning at 4 p.m. & the Community Covenant Signing Ceremony starts at 5 p.m. All branches of military & all eras of service will be honored at the ceremony, as well as family members of service members & veterans. The public is encouraged to attend.
More than 25,000 veterans reside in Marion County & many of its citizens are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Although purely symbolic, the signing ceremony is a formal commitment of community support & a way to raise awareness of the sacrifice men & women in uniform & their families make every day. The Covenant highlights the community’s commitment to building partnerships that support the strength, resiliency & readiness of service members & their families & provide reintegration services for those who have served our nation. It is also a call to action for community members who want to get involved in assisting those who are currently making, or have made, sacrifices for our freedom.