Archives for: August 2009

Dedication of the Tualatin VFW Hall

by claudia

The dedication of the Tualatin VFW hall was held yesterday. It was a beautiful day and many people attended the ceremony and open house. The refurbished & remodeled building is awesome inside and out. The VFW post is hoping to attract new members and interest with the opening of this new hall and their main mission is to assist the newly returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Click here to read the story which ran in the Oregonian yesterday.

VFW Dedication Ceremony

by claudia

I saw the article on the website regarding the VFW hall dedication but we thought maybe we should post something specific so that people know that the ceremony is open to the public. Dale received a phone call this morning and heard that there is now a sign on the building with Matt's name on it. We're going to go over tonight and take a look.

Here are the details regarding the hall dedication:


Tualatin VFW Post 3452
New hall to be named "Cpl. Matthew Lembke Hall"
Dedication Ceremony
Wednesday, August 26 at 9:00 a.m.
18820 SW Boones Ferry Road
Tualatin, OR 97062

This is the historic red brick "Robinson building," former location of Rich's Kitchen.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public and there will be an additional open house on the same day beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Tualatin VFW to name new hall to honor fallen Marine

Iraq/Afghanistan War Heroes Article

by manager

Submitted by Jeff Smith, Patriot Guard Rider:

Iraq/Afghanistan War Hero, Matthew R. Lembke

VFW Hall Naming Article (revised, 8/18/09)

by manager

(see "VFW Dedication Ceremony" post)

Tualatin VFW to name new hall to honor fallen Marine

Thank You for Your Service Article

by manager

Update, 8/5/09

by claudia

These past six weeks have been a blur and we are heart broken by this tragedy. We are still in shock and can't even imagine what life will be like without Matthew here with us. The prayers, love and support sent our way by family, friends, neighbors, church members, coworkers, Marines and other military families have been beyond anything we would have expected. People we have never met but have heard about our situation through word of mouth or media, have reached out to us as well. We so appreciate all of the people who traveled here to comfort and console us and for all of those who have sent letters and cards. Throughout this process we have heard many wonderful and funny stories about Matt that we may not have heard otherwise. We are still sorting through the pile of mail and hope to respond appropriately in the near future. In the meantime we just wanted to let everyone know how much we appreciate the hugs, visits, phone calls, meals, flowers, donations and numerous other kind gestures. We know time will help ease our pain and our faith gives us the knowledge that we will see Matthew again.

With love and gratitude,

Dale, Claudia & Carolyn