Veterans Day:<BR> a time to remember and honor the nation's service men and women
- Bill Schaffer
- Central Oregonian - Sports
>Monday is Veterans Day ... and the publisher produces a statitical view of the tri-county area
After four years of bitter fighting "the war to end all wars" was over on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 when the armistice was signed. On November 11, 1919, the day was set aside as Armistice Day in the United States to remember the sacrifices that men and women made during World War I to ensure a lasting peace.
Each year, on that day, surviving soldiers marched through the streets of their hometowns and politicians and military officers made speeches at ceremonies all over the country. Finally in 1938 Congress voted to make Armistice Day a federal holiday.
Peace was short lived when the United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. That war ended in 1945 after the loss of nearly 300,000 U.S. soldiers. Since then our men and women have fought in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and now in Afghanistan.
In 1953, the people of Emporia, Kansas began to call Armistice Day Veterans Day out of gratitude to the veterans in their community. A short time later a Kansas congressman introduced a bill, which was passed by Congress, renaming the federal holiday Veterans Day. In 1971 President Nixon declared it a federal holiday to be celebrated on the second Monday in November.
Monday is Veterans Day and there will be a parade in Prineville. The parade forms on E. Second St. at 10:30 a.m and proceeds to Ochoco Creek Park ford a ceremony with speeches and remembrances of those lost to wars. This year Veterans Day will be even more poignant because our troops and our country are at war again. If you can't be at the ceremonies on Monday in person, be there in spirit.
Whether we would like to admit it or not, most of us love statistics. Your brand may involve the obscure sports trivia or the acceleration speeds of cars or the league standings of your bowling team. In business we have hundreds of other statistics that include everything from the Dow Jones Industrial averages to the unemployment figures.
My attention was recently directed to some of the Oregon Employment Department Regional Economic Profile for Region 10 (Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties.)
Population increases from 1990 to 2000
Crook County -- Up 35.9% to 19,182
Deschutes County - Up 53.9% to 115,367
Jefferson County - Up 39.0% to 19,009
Crook County 8.6% minority
Deschutes County 7.1% minority
Jefferson County 35.1% minority
Nearly every segment of industry had an employment growth of more than 50 percent over the last 10 years, the largest growth being in the category "construction and Mining" with 94.6 percent growth. The largest single category of jobs was "Wholesale and Retail Trade" which has 17,500 jobs or 26.9 percent of the total.
The only category shows a decline was "Lumber and Wood Products", which was down 20.1 percent. Interestingly this category makes up the majority of jobs in Crook County's manufacturing sector, accounting for 91.4 percent.
The estimated median family income 2001
Crook County $34,700
Deschutes County $44,200
Jefferson County $36,500
Crook County)s Average Annual Wages 1999 compared to 1990
All industries $26,185 Up 0.7%
Agriculture $14,178 Down 6.5%
Construction $23,546 Up 9.3%
Lumber & wood products $30,179 no change
Other manufact. (than wood) $24,084 Up 26.2%
Wholesale trade $35,522 Up 14.4%
Retail trade $14,500 Down 1.1%
Fin., Ins. & Real Estate $23,323 Up 15.7%
Services $17,501 Up 10.6%
Federal government $39,510 Up 16.2%
State government $31,927 Down 5.7%
Local government $26,270 Down 0.2%
As the introduction pointed out in the introduction of the state's Profile, the figures are dynamic and continually changing, but I think many of the numbers are as interesting as those offered up by World Series commentators recently. You be the judge of these statistics.