2013 Veterans Day Parade, Linn & Benton GOP Float

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The Linn and Benton County Republicans participated in the Albany Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11th to show their appreciation and respect for the Veterans who have served our country so honorably. Republican Primary candidates joining us in this tribute were Rep. Andy Olson for reelection to Oregon House District 15, Mark Callahan for U.S. Senate, State Representative Jason Conger for U.S. Senate and Dr. Monica Wehby for U.S. Senate. Rep. Olson graciously volunteered his beautiful red truck and a driver to pull the Republican float. Those walking the parade route passed out candy to children and patriotic buttons to veterans. The buttons were made and contributed by the Benton County Republican Women. Float riders displayed alternating messages, "We love you Vets" and "Thank You" to the veterans with flip cards. We offer our gratitude to the Veterans Commemoration Association for this wonderful event and, most importantly, we offer our thanks to the Veterans.

Participating Republicans from Benton County were Chair Jerry Jackson, John Detweiler, Charles and Jean Nelson, Ken McCracken and Kim Rowe, Stella Guenther, Kristie Hernandez with daughter Alexia, and Garland and PJ Hunter. Participating Republicans from Linn County were Chair Michael Wyhausen, Julie Hetterle with sister Mindi and Mary Grimes. Thank you all!