Archive for May, 2009

Memorial Day Schedule

May 6, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule:
Saturday May 23rd 11am-2pm
Sunday May 24th 11am-2pm
Monday May 25th 11am-2pm Memorial Day

On Saturday and Sunday Nancy will be drawing on NE MLK BLVD between NE Holladay and E Burnside. [Please note the change.]
On Memorial Day, Monday May 25th, she will be at Peace Park, drawing the names of those who have special meaning to the Iraq Names Project.
If there is someone whose name you would like her to draw on Memorial Day, just ask.

Everyone is invited to come down and help chalk and remember the dead.

She is also going to try to write the word “peace” in the language of every nation we have been at war with.

Oregon National Guard

May 6, 2009

I want to thank the Oregonian for running a very good article on the deployment of 2,600 (2,600!) members of the Oregon National Guard in the Sunday May 3rd issue. Not only did Julie Sullivan write a nice article about the largest deployment since World War II, but they included photos of 200 soldiers along with thier names, age, hometown and civilian jobs.

It’s was refreshing to see Guard members individually recognized while they are still living.

It was also humanizing to see their faces, ages, hometowns and jobs.

They did not do as good a job with thier on line site, but you can see the photos here. A version of the article is here.


May 6, 2009

Stephen Okray was 21 years old when he died.

St. Clair Shores, Michigan was where he grew up, and took lots of risks. “He never got hurt, he always just bounced,” said his brother Jeff.

He was very family oriented and his Christmas Eve 2008 death left friends and family devastated.