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Camp Withycombe Will Showcase the State's Rich Military History at a Veteran’s Day Open House in Clackamas, OR

On the free event on Thursday, Nov 7, members of the community can preview Oregon's WWII Memorial, a 33-foot obelisk, and see treasured artifacts from the Oregon Military Museum. The event honors veterans in all branches of service, especially those in the Oregon National Guard. Adults and children alike will appreciate the educational exhibits of Oregon's military history from early tribes to present day. School groups are welcome. Guests include Veterans from WWII through Iraq/Afghanistan.

Portland, OR, October 23, 2013 --( Camp Withycombe in Clackamas will host the second annual Veteran’s Day Open House on Thursday, November 7 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This celebration will bring together members of the community to honor all veterans, especially those who have served in the Oregon National Guard.

The open house will feature activities to engage visitors of all ages. Guests will learn about the history of Camp Withycombe and the plans for its future, while exploring the rich history of the Oregon's Military through multiple interactive displays.

Alisha Hamel, Executive Director of the Historical Outreach Foundation, is one of the event’s organizers. “This is an opportunity to see the exciting developments in the way we preserve and share our history,” said Hamel. “Visitors will experience, firsthand, the collective effort going on to make Oregon’s military history accessible to students, educators, and the community at large.”

To make it easier for school groups to attend, the Historical Outreach Foundation is offering to help with the cost of school buses to transport students and teachers to the Open House. Email to find out how to apply for a bus grant.

Hamel and Tracy Thoennes, curator of the Oregon Military Museum, share a passion for the importance of educating the public about tell the military history of our state. Planned exhibits include: Lewis and Clark, the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and museum artifacts. The Oregon National Guard will have several displays including an array of military vehicles with Soldiers and Airmen to explain the role of each one.

World War II Memorial Obelisk on display
One of the larger displays will be a 33-foot World War II obelisk, the granite monument to be erected at the state capitol in Salem next year. The dedication of Oregon’s World War II memorial is slated for June of 2014. The obelisk will travel to Camp Withycombe for the Nov 7 event along with representatives of the Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation, including Lou Jaffe, President of the board of the foundation and a US Army veteran.

Veteran’s Day Open House at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas
Thursday, November 7, 10am -2pm
15300 SW Minuteman Way, off Hwy 205 at Hwy 211/212
Admission is Free; lunch provided (while supplies last)
Student groups welcome, all ages, open to the public

· Meet veterans from WWII to Afghanistan & Iraq
· See a demonstration of the new online Veterans Database Project, an education tool to capture, preserve and share photos, video and histories of our veterans
· Noon fly-over by the various War Birds and check out a historic helicopter on the landing pad outside the center
· Tour the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at historic Camp Withycombe
· See the plans for the Brigadier General James Thayer Oregon Military Museum
· See a traditional tribal dances by the Chemawa Dancers at 11 am and 12:45 pm
· Watch Oregonian stories in a video at 10:45 am and again at 1:30 pm
· Visit exhibits by the Clackamas County Fire and Sheriff Department, the Nikkei Foundation, Association of the United States Army, the Portland Veteran's Day parade and the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
· Enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers in honor of our Veterans

Open To All
Last year hundreds of veterans, students and community members came to the Veteran’s Day Open House. “ This year, we have an even wider variety of activities and experiences to share with our visitors,” said Hamel. “ We all have a relative, neighbor or friend who has served, and this event will be a great way to honor them as a community.”

About the Historical Outreach Foundation

The Historical Outreach Foundation is committed to collecting, preserving and sharing the histories of those who have served this country. Through several education-based initiatives including school presentations, the Oregon Military Museum and the Veterans Database Project, and in partnership with Oregon’s World War II Memorial, the Historical Outreach Foundation is charged with showcasing Oregon’s rich military history and making it accessible to everyone.

The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe will be a major regional attraction celebrating Oregon’s military history from Native Americans warriors and the founding of the Oregon National Guard through the present day.

To make a contribution to the Historical Outreach Foundation, please go to

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Rachael Mortensen
(503) 550-9463
For information about the Historical Outreach Foundation, email Alisha Hamel, ED at

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