Bend, Ore: Memorialize Fallen Marine on Pilot Butte Trail

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On the 30th of July, 2020, 15 marines and a Navy sailor belonging to the 15th Expeditionary Unit based out of Camp Pendleton, California, were returning from a routine training exercise when their amphibious assault vehicle began to sink. Many were rescued but eight had been lost at sea, and unfortunately, have died. Unfortunately my friend Pfc. Jack Ryan Ostrovsky, of Bend, Oregon, was on that amphibious assault vehicle and did not make it out in time to save his life. On the 18th of August, he would have been 21 years old. Though we had not met in person, the internet brought us together, and we would frequently talk together along with our friends as a result. Through this, I found Jack to be a caring individual who loved his country and was passionate about those who served in the Armed Forces of this country. As you could imagine, I am still in grief as I could never imagine such a circumstance happening to a friend and a wonderful person.

Jack was a frequent snowboarder and hiker. Traveling between places, Jack would love being in the outdoors of his native Bellingham, Washington, and his recent home of Bend, Oregon. Eventually, his patriotism for his country grew. Last year on Memorial Day, Jack hiked up Pilot Butte with combat gear and ammo containers in the memory of fallen veterans. He did this on his own because he wanted to; that was his way of giving thanks. He loved the United States of America with all his heart, and he enlisted in the Marine Corps a week later.

Though he had a tragic death serving his country, I know that Jack would have wished that he could have done more to serve his country in his life, or to at least have the ability to inspire others with his patriotism. It is here where I propose to name the Pilot Butte Trail in his memory. It is my hope that the Jack Ryan Ostrovsky trail would inspire people to take pride in their country and the city of Bend. Jack would never consider himself to be a hero, or even comprehend why the public would care about him. However, I am convinced that Jack Ostrovsky is an exceptional inspiration that will inspire the lives of the people of Bend who hike up that trail as he did. May Jack rest in peace, and may God bless his family and his great city of Bend, Oregon.

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(8/14) *Important Update*: It was unbeknownst to me that the trail in question had been already named after former Bend Mayor Bob Bristol. Because of this, I will not seek renaming of the trail as Jack was not a fan of renamings in general. Rather, this effort will go to an attempt to establish a permanent memorial through a park bench dedication on Pilot Butte, as recommended by many of the people of Bend.

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