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Community events honor Veterans Day

Special programs invite public to pay tribute


Families looking to honor veterans can participate in an array of community celebrations marking Veterans Day. Here are a few events close to home:

Beaverton Veterans Day Program — Beaverton American Legion Post 124 invites the public to attend its annual Veterans Day Program on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, 5150 S.W. Watson Ave. The program includes patriotic tributes by the American Legion and musical performances by bugler Scott Woods, pianist Anne Young, the Southridge High School Choir led by Angela Thomas, Tim Birr of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue’s Pipes and Drums, pianist Lloyd Ferrell and soloist Anna Kazakova. Guest speakers include Brigadier Gen. Todd A. Plimpton, U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, City Councilor-elect Lacey Beaty and Thomas Harris, Legion District 1 commander. Following the ceremony, guests are invited to tour the many memorials honoring veterans at Beaverton’s Veterans Memorial Park across the street from the church. The Black Bear Diner in Beaverton will also be serving free meals throughout the day to veterans.

Sherwood Veterans Day Ceremony — The city and Champoeg Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invite the community to honor all veterans Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Sherwood High School Commons, 16956 S.W. Meinecke Road. Enjoy patriotic music and listen to inspirational speakers, including Jeffery Sinchak, who will be speaking on behalf of the Wounded Warrior Project. Sinchak, a senior chief hospital corpsman and diver who served 24 years with the Navy, established a combat medical treatment facility in Al Tadji, Iraq, during his combat service. The facility was responsible for treating those injured in combat and saved an untold number of lives.

Tigard Veterans Luncheon — Tigard American Legion Post 158 invites veterans and guests to an annual hobo stew luncheon Tuesday at 8635 S.W. Scoffins St. Lunch begins at noon. Donations will be accepted. For more information, call 503-624-2332.

Tualatin’s Veterans Recognition Breakfast — The Juanita Pohl Center will host a Veterans Recognition Breakfast on Monday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to honor all veterans. The center is located at 8513 S.W. Tualatin Road in Tualatin. The event is free for veterans and $6 for non-veterans. A special tribute to Vietnam veterans will be held. Featured speakers will talk about their past military experiences. Prizes will be raffled off during the event.

Washington County Veterans Day Ceremony — The public is invited to a Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Washington County Fair Complex, Northeast Veterans Drive and 34th Avenue in Hillsboro. Parking is available at the Trimet Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport Park and Ride. The event will take place rain or shine, and covered seating will be available. Refreshments are provided by Edgewood Downs. Washington County Commissioner Bob Terry will host the event, with special guest speaker Bill Ivey. Ivey is the executive director of Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The event will also feature speakers who served in Vietnam, including Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Ret. Col. Herb Hirst. The ceremony is sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services, in partnership with Memorial Fund for Veterans of Washington County. For more information, call Vicki Horn at 503-846-3051.

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