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Veterans Day ceremony dedicates new memorial stones at fairgrounds
Hillsboros Martin J. Ryan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2666, Hillsboros American Legion Post 6, the Washington County Disability, Aging & Veteran Services and the Memorial Fund for Veterans of Washington County will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at the gateway to the Washington County Fairgrounds.
The ceremony includes special dedication of 19 memorial stones honoring the 19 Washington County soldiers who have died serving our country since Sept. 11, 2001. There will be 19 M-16 rifles with their bayonets in the ground in the traditional display honoring the fallen. The roll will be called and as each person is declared to be on Eternal Patrol, a wreath will be placed at the boots commemorating their sacrifice.
At the conclusion of the roll call taps will be played and a traditional 21-gun salute will be fired.
Prior to the special ceremony, speeches are planned by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici and Brigadier General Eric C. Bush of the Oregon National Guard.
Doug Lund, VFW Post 2666 commander, praised efforts by Eric Bell and Betty Pomeroy on planning the Veterans Day ceremony and helping make the Veterans Gateway at the fairgrounds a reality.
The ceremony will be followed by a reception.