Recognition Community Covenant event slated for Aug. 2 at the Yamhill County fair
Its rare when you turn on the television, surf the Internet or read a newspaper these days that you dont hear something about Americas troops fighting overseas. Like their predecessors, a generation of American service personnel are engaged in battles a long way from home.
In recognition of their sacrifices, and in determination that those sacrifices do not go unrecognized, a new event has been added to the upcoming Yamhill County fair. At 4:30 p.m. Aug. 2, there will be a Community Covenant ceremony on the midway stage at the fair. It will begin with a musical program, then the formal ceremony will commence at 5 p.m.
In a press release, Yamhill County Commissioner Kathy George, who is liaison to the veterans division of Yamhill County Health and Human Services and is co-sponsoring the event with that organization, characterized the covenant as a document intended to express community recognition of the sacrifice our veterans, service members and their families have made. Further, the covenant is a commitment from our local communities to build partnerships to support these men and women and their families, both during times of service and as they reintegrate into civilian life.
In addition to the official covenant documents, signed by local representatives, a large banner will be on hand for members of the community to sign in support of local veterans and their families.
Veterans who reside within the county will have free admission to the fair Aug. 2, but to gain entrance they will need to pick up a voucher at their local American Legion or Veterans of Foreign War post or at one of the following locations in McMinnville: Yamhill County Veterans Services, 627 N.E. Evans St.; Yamhill County Sheriffs Office, 535 N.E. Fifth St. #143; Oregon Employment Department, Yamhill Work Source Center, 370 N.E. Norton Lane.
For more information, call Paul Patridge, program manager for the veterans division of Yamhill County Health and Human Services, at 1-503-434-7460, ext. 4772.