In Salem, the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs will again host a memorial ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. on the department's grounds in Salem, 700 Summer St. N.E. The public ceremony will honor three fallen Oregon service members who died recently while serving in Afghanistan and the Red Sea. The names of more than 140 other Oregon men and women that are inscribed on the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial also will be read during the ceremony.
Veterans Day was once called Armistice Day. In 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent in Europe and the armistice was signed, signaling the end of the war to end all wars. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as Armistice Day. Since 1954, Nov. 11 has officially been set aside as Veterans Day.
Other special events, parades and gatherings to honor America's military veterans are planned in communities throughout Oregon. A statewide list of the events is at www.oregondva.com/blog/2013/10/23/2013-oregon-veterans-day-events.
Here is a list of local events:
Nov. 11, 11 a.m. A ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 124, with POW/MIA Remembrance ceremony at Bethel Congregational Church, Seventh and Watson Street. Guest speaker: Larry Hill, state American Legion vice commander. Music: Soloist, Soprano Anna Kazakova and Southridge High School Choir. Flags will be displayed around Veterans Memorial Park.
Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. American Legion Post 108 and the Kiwanis Club will host a program at the Corbett School. Refreshments will be served.
Nov. 11, 7 to 11 a.m. A breakfast hosted by American Legion Post 74 is served at the Odd Fellows Hall, 267 SW 2nd Ave. Cost: $5.
Nov. 10, 12:30 p.m. American Legion Post 2 and Elks Lodge Post 2440 will host ceremonies at the Elks Lodge, 2810 Pacific Ave. Guest speaker: WWII veteran and Medal of Honor candidate, Lt. Col (ret.) Leonard DeWitt. Free lunch for veterans, their families, active military, National Guard and Reservists. Entertainment will follow.
Nov. 11, 1 p.m. Memorial service hosted by VFW Post 180 at Powell Boulevard and Roberts Street.
Nov 11, 11 a.m. A ceremony at the Veterans Gateway, Washington County Fairgrounds will pay special recognition to the 60-year anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Guest speakers: Andy Duyck, Washington Co. Board Chair; local Korean War veterans. Color Guard: VFW and American Legion. Light refreshments will be provided afterward.
Nov. 11, 1 to 5 p.m. Veterans and their families are invited to an Open House at American Legion Post 180, 2146 S.E. Monroe St. Hot dogs and chili will be served. Live patriotic music at 3 p.m. provided by Post 180s musicians. Donations accepted.
Nov. 10 and 11 Flag folding ceremonies will be held at local assisted living facilities both days by Lester C. Rees American Legion Post 57.
Nov. 11, noon to 6 p.m. VFW Three Rivers Post 1324, 104 Tumwater, will have Post tours and displays of military memorabilia from WWII through the present. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Nov. 10, noon to 5 p.m. All veterans, active duty military, retirees and their families will be admitted free to the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. A valid military ID, a Veterans Identification Card, a Common Access Card (CAC), DD Forms 1173 or 1173-1 are required for admission.
Nov. 9, 9 to 11 a.m. City Bible Church, 9200 N.E. Fremont St., will host a free Veterans Day breakfast for all veterans, First Responders, their family and friends and the public.
Nov. 11, 9:45 a.m. The 39th Annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade runs from Northeast 40th Avenue and Tillamook Street, ending at 48th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. A ceremony is planned at 10:30 a.m. Grand Marshals: USO Northwest Staff. All proceeds from the first Hollywood Veterans Mile run will benefit USO Northwest. After the parade the public is invited to a free WWII style USO show at the Hollywood Theater on Northeast Sandy Boulevard.
1 p.m. University of Portland Reserve Officer Training Corps will host a ceremony at the Praying Hands Memorial on campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Nov. 11, all day The Oregon Zoo will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission.
To receive free admission, visitors must show a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military identification; families of deployed military personnel must show an active duty ID. The Zoo Store is also offering a 10 percent discount for veterans, active military personnel and their families, with proper identification.
Nov. 11, 11 a.m. The annual parade begins on Main Street and Fourth Avenue and ends at Ochoco Park where a ceremony will honor veterans. Afterwards American Legion Post 29 is hosting a free spaghetti lunch open to the public at the Veterans Club, 405 N. Main St.
Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Ceremonial tribute with patriotic music hosted by VFW Post 4273 and Auxiliary at the Sandy Town Square on Pioneer Boulevard. Guest speakers, Color Guard, and Taps will be played. At noon, a community potluck is planned at VFW Post 4273, 38452 Proctor Blvd.
Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Sherwood High School, 16956 S.W. Meinecke Road, is hosting a ceremony to honor all veterans. Enjoy patriotic music and hear inspirational speakers including Mayor Bill Middleton.
Nov. 11, noon Veterans and guest are invited to enjoy Hobo Stew at American Legion Post 158, 8635 S.W. Scoffins St. Donations will be accepted.
Nov. 11 – 10:30 a.m. – Salute to the U.S. Flag and Americas veterans during a ceremony at the Oregon Korean War Memorial, 29600 Town Center Park. Korean Consul General Young Wan Song will present Ambassador for Peace certificates and medals to U.S. Korean War veterans.
Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. Ceremony at Belle Passi Cemetery Mausoleum, Belle Passi Road, hosted by American Legion, Post 46.
Nov. 9, 8 to 11 a.m. Free pancake breakfast for veterans at the Wood Village Baptist Church, 23601 W. Arata Road, hosted by Eagles Aerie No. 4515. Suggested donation: $5 for non-veterans. Handmade quilt with names of Oregons Fallen from OIF-OEF on display. Guest speakers: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, FOE Grand Tribunal Justice and DAV Rick Franklin.