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Zupan's helping to raise funds for military museum

Donations over Memorial Day weekend will help build complex named for Lake Oswego war hero

THAYERZupan’s Markets will honor veterans and active members of the military this weekend by helping to raise funds for the Oregon Military Museum Project.

Throughout the Memorial Day weekend (Friday, May 27-Monday, May 30), Zupan’s will donate 2 percent of sales to the project, which hopes to build The Brigadier General James B. Thayer Oregon Military Museum and Historic Park at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas County.

The museum was renamed in 2012 as a tribute to Thayer, a Lake Oswego resident who had a highly distinguished career in World War II. He enlisted soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, and went on to serve in the European theatre of the war. There he earned Bronze and Silver Star medals while seeing action in some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

Thayer also was among the American troops who liberated the Gunskirden Lager concentration camp in Austria, helping to save the lives of 15,000 Hungarian-Jewish camp inmates.

When it is completed, the museum complex will provide a comprehensive education resource for preserving and sharing our state’s rich military history.

“We are honored to celebrate Oregon’s military past, present and future through the building of this museum,” says Mike Zupan, president and CEO of Zupan’s Markets. “As a local and family-owned business, we are proud to be supporting the efforts of those in our local community.”

Throughout the weekend, museum project volunteers and military veterans will be at each Zupan’s location — including the Lake Oswego store at 16380 Boones Ferry Road — to share information about the project. ROTC volunteers will also be on hand to help with bagging groceries and assisting shoppers.

For more information about the museum project, go to www.oregonmilitarymuseumproject.org.