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70th Anniversary of WWII Observance With Oregon's Own 234th Army Band
by Jake Dameron - The Oregon Herald
  Tuesday August 4, 2015 - 8:52 AM
 
SALEM, Oregon -- The Oregon Army National Guard's 234th Army Band is scheduled to participate in a series of concerts throughout the region this summer.

The band is the featured musical headliner in the 70th Anniversary of WWII events, coinciding with the national Spirit of '45 Commemoration. The concerts are free to the public.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown proclaimed August 9-16, 2015, as WWII 70th Anniversary, Spirit of 45 Commemorative Week to honor and celebrate the achievements of the "Greatest Generation". The second Sunday of every August has been designated as Spirit of '45 Day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who participated in WWII.

Oregon's Spirit of '45 Honorary Chairman, retired Brig. Gen. James B. Thayer, Sr. said he was proud to be a part of the 70th WWII commemoration celebration.

"I am pleased that Oregon has created a permanent day to honor the commitment of service, unity and spirit of 16 million American soldiers on the ground, sailors at sea, pilots in the air, and millions who supported the home front," Thayer said.

Oregon's 234th Army Band is scheduled to appear at the following locations on these designated dates and times:

Aug. 9, 3:00 p.m., Elsinore Theater, Salem, OR
Aug. 10, 7:00 p.m., Hult Center, Eugene, OR
Aug. 11, 7:00 p.m., North Medford High School, Medford, OR
Aug. 12, 7:00 p.m., Tower Theater, Bend, OR
Aug. 14, 7:00 p.m., The Vert Auditorium, Pendleton, OR
Aug. 15, 7:00 p.m., Camp Withycombe, Clackamas, OR

The event at Camp Withycombe on Aug. 15 is preceded by a ceremony dedicating the Oregon Military Museum Park. The Oregon Military Museum is named in honor of Brig. Gen. Thayer, and is undergoing a $16 million renovation.

For more information on the Spirit of '45 commemoration events, visit https://www.Spiritof45.org.

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