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Bend Parade of Flags returns with downtown flag display to mark Armed Forces Day

Mountain View HS Navy cadets and volunteers 5-18
Bend Heroes Foundation
Mountain View High School Navy JROTC Cadets and volunteers helped install the Bend Parade of Flags Saturday morning to mark Armed Forces Day.
Mtn. View cadet installs Cpl. Jessica Ellis flag at Honor Court 5-18
Bend Heroes Foundation
A Mountain View HS NJROTC cadet installs the flag honoring Army Cpl. Jessica Ellis in the Bend Heroes Memorial Honor Court on Saturday, Armed Forces Day. Ellis, 24, of Bend, was killed in May 2008 when her vehicle encountered an IED as she served during Operation Iraqi Freedom,
Deschutes Commissioner Patti Adair reads Biden Armed Forces Day proclamation 5-18
Bend Heroes Foundation
Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair reads President Biden's Armed Forces Day Proclamation at Bend Heroes Memorial during Bend Parade of Flags ceremony on Saturday.
Bend Heroes Memorial at Brooks Park
Bend Heroes Foundation
Bend Heroes Memorial at Brooks Park

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- On Saturday, Armed Forces Day marked the beginning of the 19th year of the Bend Parade of Flags, overseen by the Bend Heroes Foundation.

Under the leadership of Scott Buchanan, Major, USAF Retired, Mountain View High School Navy JROTC Cadets had the honor of leading BPF for the 19th season, installing over 250 flags on Veterans Memorial Bridge (Newport Avenue) and downtown Bend.

Volunteers assisted assist the Cadets. Every flag has a veteran's name embroidered on it, including 6,551 WWII Veterans.

Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair read President Biden's Armed Forces Day Proclamation during a brief ceremony at the Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park.

The flag installation finished about 40 minutes later with group photos at the Deschutes County Courthouse on Bond Street.

The event was free of charge and open to the public.

Contact: Dick Tobiason, Chairman, Bend Heroes Foundation 541 390 9932

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