Blue Star Mothers of Oregon
Locally, 180 American soldiers combined have been lost to not only the Iraq and Afghan wars, but that number includes all fallen active duty since 9/11. The impact of these losses is felt by hundreds of family members and friends in Portland and beyond, including staff here at the bank.
To honor our local men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for country, Lewis & Clark Bank volunteers our time, contribute funds and provide banking services to Blue Star Mothers of Oregon. Blue Star Mothers is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization, focused on supporting families of fallen soldiers, known as Gold Star Families, throughout their lifetime of grief.
Here in Portland, plans are underway to construct a VA-approved Gold Star Memorial at Willamette National Cemetery on Mt. Scott Boulevard in SE Portland. The new memorial will be a peaceful refuge where everyone can pay homage and reflect on the sacrifices our fellow citizens have made for our country.
Local Blue Star chapter president and proud Navy mom, Teresa Carroll, says, "What started out as a wild idea has grown and become very real thanks to the help of our supporters and partners. I can't wait for the day we complete the Gold Star Memorial - it will mean a lot to a lot of people."
Andy Brown of Glen/Mar Construction, Inc. is Blue Start Mothers' project coordinator for the memorial build. Glen/Mar is a Service-Related Veteran Disabled Small business located in Clackamas, Oregon. They have done business in the community since 1985.
Blue Star Mothers of Oregon has momentum right now, but the organization needs help to make this dream a reality. If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, visit http://bluestarmothersoforegon.com/donations-2/. In addition, Blue Star Mothers holds several events during the year, including their upcoming annual "Run for the Fallen."
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Cleveland High School Track on 34th and SE Powell, Portland, Or 97202
Pre-registration starts at 8:00 a.m.
Race begins at 9:30 a.m.
Registration fee of $28.00 includes a complimentary race t-shirt, plus the event features live music, a raffle and guest speakers.
“What started out as a wild idea has grown and become very real.”