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A Salute to Veterans

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For people who have visited my home, it doesn’t take long to realize that I’m a student of history.

Scores of history books fill bookcases both upstairs and downstairs. When my wife and I are thrift shopping, and I’m seeking an addition to my collection, she frequently asks me if I really need any more books. In response, I usually ask her if she really needs any more shoes, which ends the conversation, but I digress.

I enjoy reading history. I relish the stories — both heroic and tragic — of people who have lived it. And if there’s any single thing that I’ve learned, it’s that the more I know about history, the more I realize there’s so much more that I don’t know.

That’s why our Salute to Veterans section is unique. Each year, we highlight a handful of veterans representing the many communities served by Pamplin Media Group. The stories shared by these veterans span decades of service — from 1941 to the present day. 

From careless youth to honored service. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps veterans who served our country and continue to give back to the communities they live in and, in many cases, their fellow veterans.

Of course, sharing these stories wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Weston Kia stepped up to be this year’s “hero sponsor,” joined by “partner sponsors” Hillside Chapel & Funeral Services, Fir Lawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Mt. Hood Community College, Caring Places, and TEC Equipment.

I never served in the military, but I have the utmost respect for those who did. It would be nice to think that perhaps someday, the need for a military would no longer be there, but as a student of history, I know it would be naïve to do so.

Edmund Burke, an eighteenth-century statesman, once said, “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

Like all preceding it, this year’s Salute to Veterans publication is filled with stories about good men and women who came together to serve when our country called. Men and women, black and white, rich and poor, friends, family and neighbors joining forces for a common cause.

I encourage you to read these stories, absorb what they tell you, and perhaps in the process, get to know one of your neighbors just a little bit better.

– Vance Tong, Pamplin Media Group, Director of Operations

2022 SALUTE TO VETERANS
PROUD SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

VETERANS HERO SPONSOR

PARTNER SPONSORS

COMMUNITY SPONSORS

ALOHA
Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

BANKS
Quail Valley Golf Course and West Tuality Habitat for Humanity

BEAVERTON
Grove Cookie Company

CANBY
Willamette Egg Farms

CLACKAMAS SPONSOR
SBDC – Small Business Development Center

CORNELIUS
Ace Hardware and City of Cornelius

ESTACADA SPONSOR
Weston Dealership

FOREST GROVE
Forest Grove Beehive Assisted Living and Hawthorne House Memory Care

FOREST GROVE
Van Dyke Appliance and Robert Groves Minuteman Mortgage

GRESHAM
Gresham Ford

HILLSBORO
On Site Tire Pros

LAKE OSWEGO
Marcia Kies, Cascade Hasson Sotheby’s International Realty

MADRAS
Madras Body & Glass

NEWBERG 
Washington Roofing Company

OREGON CITY
Orgon City News

PORTLAND
Global Solarium

PORTLAND
American SaniCan

PORTLAND
Portland Tribune

PORTLAND
TEC Equipment

PRINEVILLE
Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC

SANDY
Gresham Ford

SANDY
Mt. Hood Community College

SCAPPOOSE
Scappoose Sand & Gravel Co.

SHERWOOD
New Smiles Dental

SHERWOOD
Sherwood Gazette

ST HELENS
Michael Ismert Insurance Agency

TIGARD
Crescent Grove Cemetery

TROUTDALE
Weston Dealerships

TUALATIN
Broadway Furniture

WEST LINN
Oswego Hills Vineyard and Winery

WILSONVILLE
Republic Services

WOODBURN
Woodburn Independent