The City of Forest Grove proudly unfurled the American flag at its new location on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The flag and pole was donated to the City by the Richard Coon family who wished to give something back to the community that had supported his business and family for many years, as well as to honor our Country and those who have served or are serving in the armed forces.
The City of Forest Grove pauses today to remember those who lost their lives in the senseless act of violence in Roseburg yesterday.
Mayor Peter Truax stated, “It is heartbreaking that such a heinous act could occur in Roseburg, in Oregon. I can't begin to fathom the incalculable grief of our brothers and sisters in Douglas County and at Umpqua Community College. It is impossible to make sense of such actions, and that leads us to the frustration of trying to decipher why such things happen. We are left with the deep love and affection for those who survived this terrible act, and with the hope that someday, somehow, in some fashion we will find the answer to what leads those among us to these terrible actions with these heart breaking results.
We are a family, we Oregonians, and we grieve as only a family can when loved ones are lost.
Following the order of Governor Kate Brown, the City will fly our flag at half-staff in memory of those who died, those who were wounded, and in honor of those who went in harm's way, because, as they will tell you, they are "just doing their job".
Governor Kate Brown immediately ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Thursday at all public institutions throughout Oregon until sunset on Tuesday, October 6, in honor of the victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting.
"As we move forward, we can honor the lives lost at Umpqua Community College best by remembering what it means to be a caring community: to demonstrate more kindness, respect each other more, and take the time to truly connect to the people around us," Governor Brown said. "This is a difficult time for all of us, and of course especially for those here in Douglas County — whose lives and families were forever changed yesterday."
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who decides to lower the flag to half staff? The Office of the Governor authorizes when flags are to be flown at half staff.
Who will pay for the replacement flags? The Forest Grove Firefighters Association will raise funds for any repair or replacement costs.
How much City staff time will be dedicated to the flag? It takes approximately 10 minutes to raise and lower the flag for repairs or replacement. The Forest Grove Fire Department will be responsible for lowering the flag to half staff when needed.
What about lighting costs? The lighting system and installation was included in the donation of the flag and flag pole. The lights will become part of the street lighting system.
What else is planned for the green space? The next phase for the flag area involves the City working with service clubs to add landscaping to the green space similar to what is done at other public right-of-way areas.