KEIZER, OR. - Senior Marketing Executive Jerry Howard was honored as the Leupold Hometown Hero for his Military service and community efforts to Oregon veterans at Monday's Portland Trailblazers game.
The program, sponsored by Leupold & Stevens, Inc., recognizes local Oregonians for their service to our country, state, and community. Howard was the first honoree within the program.
"Jerry Howard truly is a hometown hero," Col. Kevin Trepa (USMC ret.), VP Global Sales, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. said. "In addition to his own honorable service in the United States Air Force, Jerry has dedicated his life to serving veterans and their families. He has been especially helpful to the families of the fallen warriors from our region. He works tirelessly in order to 'Thank, Honor, and Salute' our veterans.
Howard was recognized during the second quarter of the Blazers' win over the Detroit Pistons. The 18,834 attendance at the Moda Center rose to its feet with an inspired and passionate salute in response to Howard's detailed bio describing his leadership of the Volcanoes annual Patriotic Tribute.
Howard joined the U.S. Air Force out of high school and served from 1961-1965. Howard went through basic training in San Antonio, Texas. He was then stationed 80 miles north of San Antonio on former president Lyndon B. Johnson's ranch.
The Volcanoes' 7th Annual Patriotic celebration is headlined on Friday, July 4, 2014 with Vietnam Veterans Night at Volcanoes Stadium. The Volcanoes have been selected by The Office of the Secretary of Defense to be an official Vietnam War 50-Year Commemoration Partner and site.
Howard recently announced that Tech Sergeant Robert Maxwell, Oregon's only living Medal of Honor recipient, will be honored during Salem-Keizer's game on Friday, July 4. At 93, he is the nation's oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.
In preparation for the 2014 Patriotic Tribute, the Volcanoes have selected an 18-member committee of Vietnam Veterans to plan the event at Volcanoes Stadium.
If you know of any Vietnam Veterans who deserve recognition during the special celebration, nominations can be made to the committee by contacting Jerry Howard. He can be reached at Volcanoes Stadium at 503-779-4088 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225.