Paying Tribute to Veterans for Over a Decade
Last November 7th, 2010 the Portland Trailblazers partnered with us to produce a "A Tribute to Veterans" in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the Memorial Coliseum. This was our biggest USO style show ever involving many high school choirs, OSU's choir, Canby's HS Band, many professional singers, bands, musicians, dancers, and a magician.
In June 2010 we honored Veterans by having them ride on the Salvation Army's float during the Grand Floral's Rose Festival Parade.
In 2009 we rented the Arlene Schnitzer Hall to produce a another USO style show honoring Veterans.
From 2005 to 2009 RAH partnered with the Oregon State Fair to honor Veterans with a USO style show.
In 2001 we moved to the Rose Garden Arena (home of the NBA Portland Trailblazers) and the attendance was over 7,000. The Tribute to Veteran's show involved approximately 30 Portland-area high schools in choir, band, student ushers, and performers. Approximately 2,000 high school students were involved with this show. The choir had grown to approximately 900, the high school honor band to 255, a high school orchestra and Mt. Hood Community College's Jazz Band, dozens of student performers, with the remaining students working as ushers escorting Veterans from the parking lots to their seats. This two-hour program saluted Veterans, including current service men and women. Among those special guests attending were: Ross Perot, Naval Academy Alum, Navy, Oregon's own Katie Harmon, Miss America, and Bob Bush, Marines, Navy Corpsman, WWII, Medal of Honor recipient. We received a letter of support from President George W. Bush wishing us a successful tribute show.
In 2000 we rented the Memorial Coliseum , recruited other high schools and formed a choir of over 400 students, a high school honor band of 150 students and included them in our show. A crowd of over 6,000 honored over 3,000 Veterans and their spouses. During his Veteran's Day speech in November, 2000, President Bill Clinton praised Ken Buckles and Milwaukie High School for producing this show and for raising $10,000 for the WWII Memorial in Washington DC. His speech was telecast on CNN.