When we launched our War Stories series more than two years ago, longtime La Pine resident Bob Shotwell was the first Central Oregon veteran that we profiled.
Shotwell passed away last week at the age of 94, so for this week’s War Stories, we look back at the life and legacy of World War II veteran and longtime journalist, Bob Shotwell.
Thanks to Bob’s son, Michael, for sharing his father’s story. Central Oregon Daily gives our condolences to the Shotwell family and the community of La Pine.
A special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC for sponsoring War Stories and giving us the time and resources to tell the stories of Central Oregon’s war veterans every Monday night and Tuesday afternoon on Central Oregon Daily.
Representative Greg Walden was at Jake’s Diner in Bend today addressing the local chapter of “Band of Brothers”, and Central Oregon Daily’s Warren Shultz was there covering the story.
Veterans in attendance also had the opportunity for a question and answer period on the current state of VA care and what’s being done to improve it.
Campuses are closed tomorrow at all Bend-La Pine Schools in honor of Veterans Day. But before the students left for the long holiday weekend, they had a chance to meet some of those veterans and hear their stories.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan attended a special veterans assembly at Summit High School.
Patti Calande belongs to a group of ladies called Sit N Stich. She came up with the idea of making a flag quilt and so they all brought red white and blue t-shirts and started stitching. Patti says the American Flag was a perfect symbol of our great nation and should be donated to COVR for all the brave men and women that have given so much for our country.
You can buy the $5.00 raffle tickets online HERE and click on the buy button or stop in one of the businesses that the flag visited including Cowgirl Cash, Lulu’s Boutique, Ginger’s Kitchenware, and Quilt Works in Bend.
Central Oregon Veterans Ranch is a 19 acre working ranch where veterans can find peace. A sanctuary where veterans can build community through peer support in various stages of their journey. The ranch is also adding 4 end of life beds to give dying veterans dignity and support.
Last week, Regina Riser shared the story of her husband of 9 months, Dale Peterson, when she was just 18, their love at first sight at such a young age, and how an IED took him from her on his first tour in Iraq. In the second of our two part series on how Dale’s death changed the course of Regina’s service in the military.
Special thanks to Gary Gruner Chevrolet Buick GMC in Madras for sponsoring our War Stories.