To bring together members of the community in honoring veterans, Camp Withycombe in Clackamas will host its second-annual Veterans Day Open House celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: RACHAEL MORTENSEN - Pictured is a 1942 L-5 Stinson airplane. Camp Withycombe's Veterans Day event will include a flyover of warplanes.The open house will feature activities to engage visitors of all ages. Guests will learn about the history of Camp Withycombe and the plans for its future, while exploring military history through multiple interactive displays.

Alisha Hamel, executive director of the Historical Outreach Foundation, is one of the event’s organizers. “This is an opportunity to see the exciting developments in the way we preserve and share our history,” she said. “Visitors will experience, firsthand, the collective effort going on to make Oregon’s military history accessible to students, educators and the community at large.”

Hamel and Tracy Thoennes, curator of the Oregon Military Museum, share a passion for the importance of educating the public about the military history of our state. Planned exhibits include: Lewis and Clark, the Civil War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and museum artifacts. The Oregon National Guard will have several displays including an array of military vehicles with soldiers and airmen to explain the role of each one.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: RACHAEL MORTENSEN - A flat-bed truck moves a 33-foot granite obelisk, to be erected in June to honor World War II veterans at the state Capitol in Salem, on its way to Camp Withycombe for a Nov. 7 event.One of the larger displays will be a 33-foot granite obelisk to be erected at the state Capitol in Salem in June. The obelisk will travel to Camp Withycombe for the Nov. 7 event, along with representatives of the Oregon World War II Memorial Foundation, including Lou Jaffe, president of the foundation board and a U.S. Army veteran.

Last year hundreds of veterans, students and community members came to the event, which this year includes:

1. A noon fly-over by the various war birds;

2. Tours of the 41st Infantry Division Armed Forces Reserve Center at historic Camp Withycombe;

3. Traditional tribal dances by the Chemawa Dancers at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.;

4. Exhibits by Clackamas firefighters, Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies, the Nikkei Foundation, the Association of the U.S. Army, the Portland Veterans Day parade, and the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce;

5. Enjoy free hot dogs and hamburgers in honor of veterans.

“This year, we have an even wider variety of activities and experiences to share with our visitors,” Hamel said. “We all have a relative, neighbor or friend who has served, and this event will be a great way to honor them as a community.”

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