by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the West Linn Adult Community Center served their country with distinction.

Monday is Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all those who have served in the armed forces. We at the West Linn Adult Community Center have our share of veterans from a variety of military branches and a variety of wars, but none were around for the first Veterans Day.

That’s because it was originally called Armistice Day, the day a temporary cessation of hostilities between the allied nations and Germany went into effect ending World War I. The armistice was signed at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, and even the oldest WLACC veteran wasn’t around to celebrate.

Unfortunately, World War I, “the war to end all wars,” didn’t, and so a number of today’s WLACC members got a chance to participate in ensuing conflicts.

Lloyd Haatia served in Korea as a quartermaster. Glen Ek was a chef in the National Guard. Dick Hunt was a clerk in the Army at Fort Lewis. Pete Kalenik fought in 15 engagements in the Pacific during WWII.

Marie Horvath was an aviation machinist mate in the Marine Corps. John Ferenz retired from the Air Force after a career working with missiles. Dave Pitzer worked for Navy Intelligence in Cyprus.

Dave Rood was in the Coast Guard, and Duane Funk completed a full military career in the Navy. Jay Rice fought in Korea and Bob Schwarz served in the Navy. Burney Olson was in the Air Force in Alaska and Doug Dickston served in the Army without distinction in Vietnam.

These are some of the WLACC veterans honored on Veterans Day next Monday when the WLACC will be closed. If you see any of them, say thanks.

Here are the upcoming week’s activities. Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704 for specific times and possible fees. Also, all lunches listed below are subject to change, but only for the better.

Friday, Nov. 8

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, Peripatetic Walkers, aerobics, painting, whist card group, pinochle, Texas hold ‘em poker. Lunch entrée is oriental chicken and rice.

Monday, Nov. 11

Closed in honor of Veterans Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Computer instruction (by appointment), core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, Honoring Our Memories writing group, pinochle, Ukulele Strummers.

Wednesday, Nov. 13

Peripatetic Walkers, kettlebell exercise, chair aerobics, gardening group, line dancing, pinochle and book club. Soup and sandwiches will be served at noon.

Thursday, Nov. 14

Computer instruction (by appointment), foot clinic, core strength, strength and balance, gentle yoga, Nia, knitting/crocheting, bridge, exercise for all.

WLACC Gift Shop

A wide variety of Christmas items are available including Madame Alexander dolls, Lenox collectibles and festive holiday decorating items. One-hundred percent cashmere scarves are now available as are 100 percent silk scarves. Matching glove and hat sets are available in a medley of colors. Other gift ideas? Handmade soaps, locally made.  The shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cash, checks and well-behaved children are always accepted.

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