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Veterans Day 2018…Honoring and Remembering American Heroes and the Families Who Served Too…

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Steve Sparks with Jim Downing, left and Robert Benafal, right. Both served with my father on the USS West Virginia (BB48) in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Oregon Veterans Memorials Directory…  Click on highlighted text for more…

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This is a red granite memorial tablet mounted behind on a gray granite slab with an electric flame on a pedestal in front of the Lincoln County Courthouse.

Flame of Freedom…Newport, Oregon  Click highlighted text for more…

Several  years ago while walking around our City Park in Depoe Bay, Oregon, I stopped to look closely at our town’s VFW Veterans Memorial.  When I looked closer, the name Ronald Allen Slane, Sp5, US Army 1967-68 was engraved on the plaque as an example to honor veterans of all wars.  Ron was a medic who died during an ambush in Vietnam while trying to save another soldier…he didn’t even have a weapon to defend himself.  “Ron Slane, Lincoln City, Oregon, volunteered to go to war as an army medic.  He was a conscientious objector, but believed he had a duty to serve in some way.”

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Depoe Bay, Oregon VFW Memorial…Click photo for a larger view…

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For me, and millions of kids born before and after WWII, Veterans Day, is very personal.  Now, in retirement, I devote much of my spare time honoring veterans of all wars, and military families who serve too…  I also honor my fellow veterans who served during the Vietnam War, and all the wars since then.  We can never thank our veterans and their families enough for serving America while protecting the freedoms we enjoy each and every day of our lives.  This is a debt that can never be paid back…

So, on this Veterans Day, go visit at least one veterans memorial close to home, and give thanks to all those who have served, who serve now, and will serve in the future, including 1st responders who keep us safe on the home front.  Thank the families and loved ones who serve too, and who become the care givers to our heroes who return home with moral and physical injuries that often require a lifetime of healing. 

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 & 2…click here.

Missing!!! Please help us bring Katy Roe home to Depoe Bay, Oregon!!!

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It looked like the entire community of Depoe Bay, Oregon came to City Hall last night for a candlelight vigil for our dear friend and town daughter, Katy Roe.  Katy disappeared last Sunday and has not been seen or heard from since.  Katy spent most of her childhood and young adult years growing up in Depoe Bay.  She and her twin sister Louie Roe have been exemplary citizens of our community and model young adults who have always given back to our town and are loved dearly by all of us.  Please, please, help us bring Katy home!!!  You can do this by sharing this blog post on your own social media networks and talking about Katy to family, friends, and colleagues.  Thank you dear friends and family for giving a little of your time to help the community of Depoe Bay and Lincoln County, Oregon find Katy…  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

With love for Katy Roe and her family,

Steve and Judy Sparks, Depoe Bay, Oregon

“Fleet of Flowers” on Memorial Day in Depoe Bay, Oregon!

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“Fleet of Flowers” Depoe Bay, Oregon, Memorial Day 2014…click for larger view…

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Fleet of Flowers Boat Parade

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Honoring the Armed Forces of America on Memorial Day in Depoe Bay, Oregon

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USS Coast Guard Helicopter

 

Memorial Day Fleet of Flowers…Depoe Bay, Oregon  Quote from this website…

“On Memorial Day, each year since 1945, Depoe Bay has hosted the FLEET OF FLOWERS. This colorful ceremony is recognized as one of the most impressive observances held in the United States. The event was initiated to honor the memories of two fishermen, Roy Bower and John Chambers, who died at sea in an attempt to aid another fisherman.  The Fleet of Flowers is to honor those who have been lost at sea.  The event has grown over the years to include members of the Armed Forces as well as fishermen and firefighters who gave their lives to serve others.”

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Although we are not home for the “Fleet of Flowers” every year on Memorial Day, we are there in spirit.  Since moving to the Oregon Coast over 10 years ago, we have come to know the honor bestowed on the legacy of coastal fishermen.  Lives have been lost and saved at sea over many decades either because of the extreme weather conditions at times or in a rescue effort by the US Coast Guard stationed in Depoe Bay and other ports along the Oregon Coast.  Memorial Day is the time for honor and remembrance of those who gave their lives while building Oregon’s fishing industry.  It is also the time to honor the US Coast Guard’s historic role in providing homeland security and protecting the coastal waters of Oregon.  Depoe Bay has a strong presence of the US Coast Guard who serve our community along with the firefighters, emergency medical services, and local police 1st responders.  With great pride, we honor the Armed Forces of America on Memorial Day as well.

The long tradition of the Fleet of Flowers on Memorial Day brings much joy and healing to the community.  We celebrate and honor those who have risked their lives while serving America and all the families who served too…

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…

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Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Child Advocate, and member, Lincoln County Oregon, Mental Health Advisory Committee

 

 

 

The story of Katy and Louie Roe, twins, who just graduated from Taft High School is inspiring to young people and adults everywhere!

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I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Katy and Louie for almost 3 years as a board member of www.neighborsforkids.org.  They are both honor students graduating from Taft High School in Lincoln City, Oregon.  The twins have been a part of  the www.neighborsforkids.org family for 11 years since the very beginning as a Depoe Bay, Oregon after-school program.  They are the granddaughters of Walt and Patty Summerton of Depoe Bay.  Walt is a former US Marine Vietnam veteran and business owner.  Walt and Patty are not alone as grand parents who raise their grandchildren.  Katy and Louise know quite a lot about “owning your future.”

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story