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Burgerville Tribute Tree offers handwritten tributes to veterans

by: RACHEL LYNN ALDRICH - Mike McCarrel, project coordinator for Returning Veterans Project, and Ben Corban, volunteer representing Selectron Technologies Inc., at the Tribute Tree table at the Canby Burgerville. The Canby Burgerville hosted a Tribute Tree from Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon this week in partnership with the Returning Veterans Project.

Volunteers at the table gathered handwritten tributes and notes to veterans, which will be hung on a tree on a float sponsored by Regence in the Grand Floral Parade.

Burgerville is partnered with Regence for employees’ healthcare services, and when they were trying to find a location to host the table, Canby seemed like the natural choice because of its connection to the Vietnam-era memorial.

“We’re always really supportive of the military and that memorial so we were happy to have it here,” general manager John Heidema said. “Our guests have been very enthusiastic about the opportunity to write a message of thanks to the people who are serving our country.”

Mike McCarrel, project coordinator for the Returning Veterans Project, who helped man the booth, emphasized the importance of showing our troops and veterans respect and gratitude.

“A lot of these guys coming back need help and support,” he said. “It’s really important that the rest of the public recognize veterans and what they do for our country.”

He said they had a good response from the community and received 12-15 messages over the course of Friday morning.

Regence, in addition to the partnership, also donated money to Returning Veterans Project to support care for returned veterans like counseling, chiropractic care, and massage therapy.