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Eldorado Villas repeats veterans' appreciation breakfast

For the second year in a row, group celebrates its resident heroes


by: JEAN LEIDINGER - SHARING MEMORABILIA AND STORIES - At the Eldorado Villas second annual Veterans Day breakfast, one of the items on display was an arm band and ID card from a wartime airplane spotter.Eldorado Villas honored its resident veterans in its second annual Veterans Day event on Nov. 9.

Tigard Boy Scout Troop 419, under Scoutmaster Dave Bacon, posted the colors at 9 a.m., followed by the pledge of allegiance and the singing the national anthem.

The star of the event was a framed "Old Glory," a 46-star flag more than 100 years old that flew between 1907 and 1912. Following the presentation of this flag, the poem, "Ragged Old Flag," was read.

This year everyone joined in honoring their resident veterans by singing the service "anthem" of each group.

The veterans had been encouraged to bring war souvenirs for a memorabilia table, and each one shared the personal or historic relevance of his or her treasures.

In addition to personal photos (My! They were young and handsome!), a few more unusual items were on display: several original orders (USMC); two GI can openers; an arm band and ID card from a wartime "airplane spotter;" a WWII Russian soldier's belt and buckle; and, of course, the once-famous "ruptured duck!"

Also on display were a picture of Gen. Eisenhower's post-war conference room in U.S. Occupation Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, and a 48-star flag - historic in the respect that all those who served in WWII served under this flag.

A cake, decorated with U.S. flag and "Thanks for serving" written on it was donated for a door prize and made almost as big a hit as the 100-year-old flag!

The celebration concluded by the reading of "Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi" followed by singing "God Bless America."

Boy Scout Troop 419 retired the colors at 10 a.m.