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05/24/2015 04:58 PM EDT

1,000 Flags Memorial in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Memorial Day 2013 by Austin Catlin, BLM Idaho Engine Captain

License plate on the little blue car of Jessica Ellis by Steve Ellis, BLM Deputy Director


BLM Deputy Director Steve Ellis Meets Oregon World War II Veterans and Shares Memories of His Daughter at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial

Last Saturday, May 16, fifty World War II veterans from across Oregon toured Washington, D.C. as a part of a veteran’s Honor Flight trip.  Their day began on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. As they moved from the Korean War Memorial to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and beyond, these veterans reflected on their service and the sacrifices of so many others.

At the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery, the veterans met Bureau of Land Management’s Deputy Director Steve Ellis who was visiting the memorial display for his daughter Jessica.  Ellis shared that his daughter, a native Oregonian, asked him to watch over her car while she was in Iraq.  He still does so to this day.  The license plate reads: 4 U Jess.

Watch or read the full story on Oregon’s KTVZ news site:

This Memorial Day weekend, the BLM family remembers, with gratitude, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.