Page herself served in the Army as a military officer for six years, then worked as a Malheur County sheriff’s deputy for two decades. She then settled in Philomath just a few years ago.
“She’s just given so much to the communities, not only from her son’s passing but also in her life’s work,” Shoemake said.
Philomath Mayor Eric Niemann and City Manager Chris Workman were present at the gifting ceremony Saturday. After giving praise to Brennan’s service and that of Vietnam and Iraq veterans in the crowd, Niemann honored Page’s sacrifices.
“Janice is fighting her own battle right now — it’s a battle called cancer,” he said. “But Janice has a bucket list, and at the top of her bucket list was to ride with the Patriot Guard Riders.”
Page said she’s thankful to still be able to enjoy her “surreal” gift.
“We’re going to ride on a mission on 9/11, and (I’m) going to the coast with my girls,” she said. “I feel very fortunate to make plans and stuff.”
Page’s youngest daughter, Courtney Erntson, said she’s thrilled to see her mom’s longtime dream come true.
“She’s an incredible woman, and we think that she has an amazing story that deserves to be shared,” she said. “Everyone has shown their hearts and come together. It’s truly beautiful.”