FMCA is for motorhome owners. Motorcoach articles, motor home blogs, motor coach advice and motorhome videos.

  • Join FMCA

    Become a member of the world's largest and best organization for motorhome owners.

  • Get Your Program Here

    Read the Redmond Family Reunion program on your computer, iPad, smartphone and a variety of other electronic devices. It includes seminars and special events schedules and more ...

  • Living on the Road

    Blogger italo calls himself a "sometimer" who travels four to six months of the year. He shares advice for making it easier to be away from home for an extended time.

  • Redmond Family Reunion

    Sunny days and cool nights. Snow-capped mountain peaks. The Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in central Oregon is a tailor-made location for FMCA's Family Reunion next month.

  • Finding Loving Dog Sitters While on an RV Trip

    Faced with leaving their dog behind as they headed west in their motorhome, the Wendlands found a reliable dog-sitting service.

  • FMCA Tour Connection
  • Towing

    FMCA's towing guides and related information can shed light on towing a vehicle behind a motorhome.

load more / hold SHIFT key to load all load all

Attend Central Oregon Tribute to Heroes

The Central Oregon Tribute to Heroes includes a Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall.A shuttle will offer free transport from the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center to the memorial — called the Central Oregon Tribute to Heroes 2010. A sign for the shuttle pickup and dropoff will be posted at the fairgrounds. Shuttle hours are:

  • Thursday, Aug. 12, 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Central Oregon Tribute to Heroes includes a Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall that is an 80-percent-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It stands over 8 feet tall at its apex, and is more than 370 feet long.

In addition, gold dog tags are displayed under glass in nine large memorials to honor those who have fallen in hostile military actions since the end of the Vietnam War. The dog tags represent those who served in Desert Storm, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iraqi Freedom, as well as those who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Combat vehicles and a Huey helicopter also will be displayed.

Central Oregon Tribute to Heroes will be open 24 hours a day and admission is free. Redmond High School is located off state route 126, at the corner of Highland and 675 southwest Rimrock avenues.

The traveling tribute is a depiction of the sacrifices made throughout America’s history. It consists of:

  • A series of A-frames depicting the actual statistics from every war/conflict in which the USA has been involved.
  • A series of World War II panels that portray the entire timeline of events and numerous graphics and photos.
  • A Korean War tribute consisting of eight panels with the entire time line and battle maps with numerous photos.
  • The Traveling Vietnam Wall – 80 percent replica (largest replica) of the famed memorial in Washington, D.C. The wall is 380 feet long end to end, and includes 58,253 names.
  • A series of Vietnam facts and figures.
  • The Vietnam War timeline of events.
  • Art display from a Vietnam veteran artist.
  • A display of USA's founding and significant historical documents: Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other relevant documents.
  • Panels for honoring law enforcement and firefighters with pictorial display.
  • A panel memorializing the casualties at the Fort Hood 2009 shooting.
  • Panels displaying the pictures of each of our commanders-in-chief throughout history.
  • Displays honoring all those who fell in military hostile action between the end of Vietnam and the 9/11 attack. Each conflict is represented with facts and each casualty is recorded on a gold dog tag.
  • A 9/11 tribute with the names of all 2,984 casualties organized by where they were located at the time of death.
  • A gold dog tag tribute to all those members of the armed forces who have given their life in the global war on terror. Each tag has, full name, rank, branch of service, date of casualty and location of casualty.

Opening ceremonies will be held Thursday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. Here is the schedule of events:

Wednesday, Aug. 11
3 p.m. — Wall trucks travel through downtown Redmond
4 p.m. — Welcoming Ceremony at VFW, 1836 S.W. Veterans Way, Redmond

Thursday, Aug. 12
Noon —  Wall open to public viewing
4 to 5:30 p.m. — Laying of Wreaths
4 to 6 p.m. — $3 Taco Night at VFW, Redmond
6 p.m. — Opening Ceremonies at the Wall
10 p.m. — TAPS

Friday, Aug. 13
8 a.m. — Morning Prayer
9 a.m. — Warm Springs Ceremony
5:30 to 7 p.m. — Prime Rib Dinner and Dance at VFW, Redmond
8:30 p.m. — Candlelight Vigil and Reading of Names
10 p.m. — TAPS

Saturday, Aug. 14
8 a.m. — Morning Prayer
6 p.m. — $10 Spaghetti Dinner and Dance at VFW, Redmond
7 p.m.  — Motorcycle Salute at Wall
7 pm. — “Sweet Adelines” – Vocals
10 p.m. — TAPS

Sunday, Aug. 15
8 a.m. — Morning Prayer
Noon — Closing Ceremony

Opening Ceremony Dignitaries

  • Sasha Abarca, National Anthem
  • Vern Arlege: Invocation - Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Chaplain
  • Brigadier General Yriarte, Oregon Army National Guard
  • Ron Wyden, U.S. senator
  • A message from U.S. Congressman Walden
  • Bob Maxwell, WWII Medal Of Honor recipient
  • Art Edgren, Korean conflict veteran
  • Chris Telfer, Oregon state senator
  • Dennis Guthrie, Vietnam Veteran and Surgeon General, Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • National Surgeon General, Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Gene Whisnant, Oregon state representative
  • Dick Knorr, 911 and fire department representative
  • Judy Stiegler, Oregon state representative
  • Colonel Eric Bush, Army National Guard and active duty Middle East veteran
  • Charles R. “Jody” Calica, Warm Springs Tribal Council
  • Susan Free, Citizen review
  • Dave Prevish and Judy Small, Vocals

Stay Connected with FMCA