Military family appreciation takes root at BMCC

Doug Simler and Steve Garza, with the Forest Service office in Pendleton, help plant a tree in recognition of Military Families Appreciation Day last month on the Pendleton campus of Blue Mountain Community College.<BR><I>Photo contributed by Karen Hill</I>

In recognizing Military Families Appreciation Day last month, as requested by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Blue Mountain Community College planted three Douglas fir trees on the Pendleton campus. During the celebration, BMCC President John Turner read the official proclamation.

The trees were donated by the Umatilla National Forest Heppner Ranger District. Doug Simler and Steve Garza, were on hand from the Pendleton Forest Service office to assist with planting the trees.

Staff members recognized for their military service included Turner, Robert Tally, Bruce Kauss, Jan Hood and Harvey Franklin.

Also, members of the military were recognized at the BMCC Northwest Intercollegiate Rodeo finals. While the proclamation was read, members of the Oregon National Guard Military Police Color Guard presented the flags and Amanda Tullis played the "Star-Spangled Banner" on her violin.

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