Wilsonville, OR (PRWEB) May 29, 2011
In a moving Memorial Day ceremony at its headquarters in Wilsonville, OR, Crimson Trace Corporation (CTC), honored and remembered American service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country; their lives.
Led by company founder and CEO Lew Danielson, CTC personnel gathered outside in the wind and rain to witness VFW Post 4248 Honor Guard, post the colors. The Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps, paid tribute to our fallen heroes from wars past and present.
Flying proudly in the middle of the ceremony were the banners of five fallen soldiers from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: SSGT Marvin L. Best, USMC, 7/23/70 – 6/20/04, PFC Deveran Lee Owen, Army, 5/4/86 – 7/23/08, SGT Jeffery R. Shaver, Army National Guard, 10/22/77 – 5/12/04, PFC James L. Miller, Army, 12/30/88 – 3/29/10, and CPL Darrel J. Morris, USMC, 5/27/85 – 1/21/07. “We in this country owe a great debt of gratitude to those who sacrificed their lives so that we could live free. We can start to pay that debt by not forgetting, by remembering what they did, and what they stood for,” said Maureen Zwicker, HR Director for Crimson Trace.
Following Taps, members of the Patriot Guard Riders of Oregon, accompanied by members of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association rode past the assembled crowd and saluted banners depicting the five fallen heroes. “Memorial Day is so often trivialized in today’s culture,” said Dale Suzuki, director of Crimson Trace’s military division, himself a veteran. “We have many veterans working at Crimson Trace and strong ties to actively deployed soldiers because of the products we make, so we wanted to let them know that their service was very much appreciated.”
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