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Searching For Loch Ness Or Armed Forces Day On The Willamette?

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Searching For Loch Ness Or Armed Forces Day On The Willamette?

Military boats on the Willametter River

Yesterday was a busy day on the Willametter River with the usual fishing boats that line up in the wee hours of the morning, the power boats, and kayakers. For the first time though, I noticed two boats going by full of uniformed military.

Not knowing what this was, I quickly grabbed my camera and posted my picture on Facebook. Of course I got the usual clever comments, like "they finally found you" and perhaps they're searching for Lock Ness", but then a past neighbor let me know that it was Armed Forces Day. Huh, how come I didn't know about this? I did a quick search on the website of my local news and nothing.

Although the fisherman/women have issues with the sea lions that I see swimming Armed Forces Day Posteraround occasionally, I'm gonna go with the military boats being out on the Willamette River for Armed Forces Day...not a search for Loch Ness. From the US Department of Defense website about Armed Forces Day, May 17th 2014

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. 

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

So, to all our armed forces, I thank you for what you do to serve our country!


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Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Cindy-Armed Forces Day is not as widely recognized as Veterans Day or Memorial Day but still a great way to recognize who sacrifice for the common good.

May 18, 2014 03:08 AM
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate

Hi Wayne, I certainly wasn't aware of it until my friend mentioned it. It was a cool sight to see though!

May 18, 2014 03:13 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Cindy,  Interesting topic, but I knew about the day.  Have a great Sunday!!!

May 18, 2014 03:42 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Cindy, great picture! Roy Kelley would be so proud! And it made for an interesting blogpost, too. A little localism, history and a nod to two mysteries, one monster the other the government! 

May 18, 2014 05:46 AM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in Real Estate & German, M.A. ABR ASP CIPS

Hi Cindy, my guess would be that it was not because of Armed Forces Day and it was training/mission for ? ... A nice shout-out/recognition nonetheless!

May 18, 2014 08:11 AM
Lori Spohn
Eugene, OR

Cindy- We miss your blog posts!


Thanks for posting about "Armed Forces Day". I think more of us should be aware of it.

Have a great Summer!


Lori Spohn Team- Lane County Oregon

Jul 08, 2014 08:24 AM