Students, community honor veterans
Ceremonies pay tribute to local men and women who served
Veterans Day came a little early to Forest Grove High last week as students and staff held their traditional ceremony on Thursday instead of Nov. 11.
An hour before veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, both Gulf wars and the Iraq and Afghan wars filed into the gymnasium to collect thanks and accolades, a small group of people gathered outside the school to see the laying of a stone and the planting of a tree memorializing Class of 2010 grad and Navy hospitalman Ryley Gallinger-Long, who died in August while on duty in Afghanistan.
Ryley's older brother, Zack Gallinger-Long, and his mother, Susan Blanchard, witnessed the short ceremony. The next day they drove to Salem with Ryley's sisters-in-law, Darlene Gallinger-Long and Noelle Gallinger-Long, to attend another Veterans Day event, during which Ryley's name and those of two others were added to the Oregon Afghan War memorial wall.