Oregon Veterans Day Event Guide


by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff


Posted on November 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 15 at 9:40 AM

This events guide lists, in alphabetical order, all the official Veterans Day events across the state.

Reminder: The U.S. Post Office, some Oregon liquor stores and all schools are closed on Veterans Day, along with federal, state and government offices.

2010 Oregon Veterans Day Events:


Nov. 10 - 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Annual veteran of the Year Banquet at the Albany Eagles #2255, F.O.E., 127 Broadalbin St. N.W. Nov. 11 - 6 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Optimists Pancake Breakfast, West Albany High School Cafeteria, 1130 Queen Ave. S.W. 8 a.m. – Memorial service at the Linn County Veterans Memorial located at Timber-Linn Park, 900 Price Road, S.E. A wreath will be laid in honor of past, present, and future veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 9 a.m. – Eagles Club Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast, Eagles Lodge, 127 Broadalbin St. N.W. 11 a.m. – Grande Parade: “Their Service – Our Freedom.” Parade route: Pacific Blvd., Lyons St., 2nd Ave., Ferry St., 5th Ave. 2 p.m. – Awards ceremonies on the Linn County Courthouse steps (approx. 20 minutes following parade). Contact: Patty Louisiana 541-961-1466


Nov. 13 - 8 a.m. – American Legion Post 12 will serve free breakfast, lunch, and dinner to veterans and their spouses (12 p.m. lunch, 5 p.m. Ham dinner). Donations are welcome. 6 p.m. – USO style Dance and displays. Veterans are encouraged to wear uniforms and bring photos. Post 12 is located at 1132 Exchange St. Contact: Mike Phillips at 503-791-4591


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – A ceremony will be held at Memorial Park, between Watson and Hall Streets. American Legion Post 124’s Honor Guard will post the Colors. Contact: Marv Doty, 503-644-0350


Nov. 10 - 5 p.m. – Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Elks Lodge on Butler Market Rd. Reservations required. Contact: Susie Wirges, 541-388-2604

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – A parade honoring women veterans and 1-82 CAV, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Oregon Army Guard, begins at N.W. Newport Ave. and concludes at Galveston and Harmon. A flyover has been requested. Contact: Rabbine Harpell, 541-480-4516

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Open House at VFW Post 1643 located at 1503 N.E. 4th St. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Bob Cusick, 541-389-0775

Nov. 13 - 9 a.m. – Veterans Day/Marine Corps Birthday Run – 5K run/1 mile walk – in downtown next to City Hall, 710 N.W. Wall Street. This event will raise money for the Disabled American Veterans Portland shuttle van. Register online: www.vetsdayrun.homestead.com Contact: Eric Chandler, 541-383-8061

Nov. 13 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Veterans Annual Chili Cook-Off Challenge at VFW Post 1643, 1503 N.E. 4th Street. The public is invited to attend. Food, drinks and music, proceeds benefit local veterans organizations. Contact: Bob Cusick, 541-389-0775


Nov. 14 - 10:30 a.m. – A special program at the Desert Historical Theater will feature Medal of Honor recipient Bob Maxwell. The theater is located at 68 N. Broadway. Contact: Guy McKay, 541-573-1342


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Veterans’ Remembrance Ceremony at City Hall. Guest speakers: County Commissioner Susan Morgan, and Sue Shaffer, Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Indians and former State Rep. Bill Markham. Refreshments will be served. Contact: Chuck Spindel, 541-863-1602

Central Point

Nov. 11 - 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. – The Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial will have an event to honor all veterans of Oregon. This memorial honors all military personnel killed in action since Oregon’s statehood in 1859. The Memorial is located on Hamrick Road, as it becomes Vilas Road, next to the LaClinica Central Point Medical Clinic. Take Exit 33 from I-5. Contact: Marty Terell, 541-664-0191

Coos Bay

Nov. 11 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. – American Legion Post 34 will host a breakfast, 1421 Airport Way. 6 p.m. – The Coos Bay Eagles Lodge #568 and American Legion Post 34 will sponsor a dinner at the Eagles Lodge, 568 S. 2nd St., free for all veterans and their spouses. No-host social hour, 5-6 p.m. Contact: Paul Truax, 541-297-3236


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Oregon State University Veterans Affairs and Veterans and Family Student Association are co-hosting a veterans social at the Memorial Union Veteran’s Lounge.

Nov. 12 - 11 a.m. – Oregon State University AFROTC Detachment 685 presents a ceremony at OSU’s Memorial Union outdoor quad, 26th and Jefferson Way. Ceremony includes a guest speaker, reading of Oregon POW/MIA names and 21-gun salute. A flyover has been requested. Join a 12-hour flag walk or a 24-hour POW/MIA vigil. Contact: Kyle Hatch, Director of Veterans Affairs’ at OSU, 541-737-6366


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Veterans’ Memorial Bridge dedication ceremony, located at S.W. Levens St. and S.W. Walnut. Guest speakers: Mayor Jim Fairchild, City Manager Jerry Wyatt. Contact: Emily Gagner, 503-831 3502, or emily.gagner@ci.dallas.or.us


Nov. 10 - 1 p.m. – Elkton High School will honor veterans with a special Assembly in the school’s gymnasium. Veterans who because of their service in the military were not able to complete high school (and who previously qualified) will be receiving official high school diplomas. Contact: Melissa Whitley, 541-584-2228, ext. 2


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – ‘Proud to be an American’ parade will begin at the high school, 355 N.E. 6th Ave.

12 p.m. – An affordable all-American lunch of hot dogs, chips, apple pie and a soda.

1 p.m. – Veterans Day ceremony at the Estacada High School football field. A reception for Oregon Gold Star Families will follow at 500 N.E. Main St. Contact: Becky Ginsbach, 503-209-6800


Nov. 6 - 1 p.m. – The 5th Annual parade travels on 6th St. and Hwy. 101 to Bay St., then to Veterans Memorial Park. Service branch flags will be sold. Website: www.florenceveteransdayparade.com/ Contact: Megan Gerber, 541-999-8216

Forest Grove

Nov. 14 - 12 p.m. – American Legion Post 2 and Elks Lodge 2440 will co-host a ceremony, followed by speakers, entertainment and a free lunch for veterans, current active-duty military personnel and their families. Lunch begins at 1 p.m. The lodge is located at 2810 Pacific Ave. Contact: Jim Craig, American Legion Post 2, 503-357-3660, or Elks Lodge at 503-357-2440

Hood River

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Veterans ceremony at the Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Dr. Contacts: Jack Trumbull, 541-386-1000, or Bob Huskey, 541-386-2599

Klamath Falls

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Veterans Day Parade downtown will begin on Spring St. and conclude at Veterans Memorial Park at Main and Klamath Ave. A ceremony following will include placing wreaths for each military era. Guest speaker: Col. Jim Miller, Commander, 173rd Fighter Wing. A fly-over has been requested. Contact: Ron Ballard, 541-891-1004

La Grande

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – American Legion Post 43 Veterans Parade along Adams Ave. VFW Post 4060 will lead the parade. A spaghetti feed will be held afterwards at the Post 43 Legion Hall, 301 Fir St. Cost: Free to Legion members; $3.50 for non-members. Contact: John Marsh, 541-910-0123

La Pine

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Ceremony at La Pine Community Cemetery. Afterwards, American Legion Post 45, 52532 Drafter Rd., will host an open house with hamburgers and hot dogs. Contact: Pat Cotton, 541-536-1402


Nov. 6 - 5:30 p.m. – American Legion Post 51 will hold a prime rib dinner at 480 S. Main St. in Lebanon. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: $13. A USO-style show and dance with a 13-piece swing band will follow at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge. Contact: Vikki Richards, 541-451-1351


Nov. 11 - 7 p.m. – “Honoring All Who Served,” a free public concert, will be held at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 Evans St. Donations for the 218th Field Artillery Family Support Program will be gratefully accepted. Performing: The Second Winds Community Band. Contact: John Hunt, 503-472-9785


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – The annual parade begins at Main St. and Hawthorne Ave. A service and community organization Color Guard competition is part of the parade. Sponsored by www.MedfordVeterans.org Contact: Tim Garr, Medford Veterans, 541-778-6139

2 p.m. – Ceremony at Medford Veterans Memorial Park, on Pacific Highway, sponsored by Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Rogue Valley Chapter 1260. Contact: Herbert Robb, 541-535-1899

6 p.m. – Southern Oregon University Swing and Concert Bands will perform a free concert at the Medford Army, 1701 S. Pacific Hwy. Swing music and patriotic songs wil highluight the 2 hours concert. Contact: Southern Oregon University, 541-708-0365


Nov. 11 - 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. – Breakfast at the American Legion on N.E. 8th Ave. 11 a.m. - Parade begins at N.E. 8th Ave. and Main Street. 12 p.m. - Chili Feed at the Elks Lodge on Main St. Free for veterans and a small charge for all others.

3 p.m. - Ceremony at the American Legion Hall Flag pole, N.E. 8th Ave. Contact: Alice Thomsen, 541-938-6889


Nov. 7 - 5 p.m. – Free Spaghetti Dinner for veterans and families at GracePointe Church, 10750 S.E. 42nd Ave. Color Guard, keynote speakers at 5 p.m. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Contact: GracePointe Church , 503-654-9593

Nov. 9 - 10:30 a.m. – Milwaukie High School, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave., will hold their annual Gold Star Assembly featuring Tuskegee Airman and author Alex Jefferson. Contact: Ken Buckles, 503-659-5157

Nov. 11 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Open House at American Legion Post 180, 2146 S.E. Monroe St. Hot dogs and chili will be served.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Live patriotic music provided by Portland American Legion Post 185 musicians. All veterans and their families are welcome. Contact: Nina Nelson, 503-659-5646

North Bend

Nov. 11 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. – American Legion Bay Area Post 34, 1421 Airport Way, will host the annual breakfast. Cost: $5; children under 12, $2.50. An 11 a.m. remembrance ceremony will celebrate the history of Veterans Day. Contact: Mike Button, 541-294-0611


Nov. 6 - 1 p.m. (MST) – The 9th Annual American Legion Post 67 parade will form-up on Alameda and S.W. 4th Ave., and conclude at the train depot.

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. (MST) – American Legion Post 67 will host a memorial ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery at the American Legion Memorial, 1155 S. Park Blvd. Contact: Steve Farrow, 541-881-1389, or Russ Snow, 541-889-6649

Oregon City

Nov. 10 - 8 a.m. – Oregon City High School will honor veterans at an assembly. Area veterans are invited to attend. The high school is located at 19761 S. Beavercreek Rd. Coffee and refreshments will be available in the Hospitality Room prior to the assembly. Contact: Angie Smith, 503-785-8545


Nov. 11 - 9 a.m. – Veterans Memorial ceremony at the Pioneer Chapel, 2nd and Byers St. 11 a.m. – Avenue of Flags at Olney Cemetery, 865 Tutawilla Rd. Contact: Gary Ward, 541-276-0308


Nov. 10 - 7 p.m. – The Crook County High School drama department is having a Veteran’s Celebration in the auditorium, 1100 S.E. Lynn Blvd. Contact: Donny Jackson, 541-416-6900 Ext. 3135


Nov. 7 - 3 p.m. – Tribute to Veterans: 50th Anniversary of Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. Honoring/recognizing two WWII veterans: 90 year-old Tuskegee Airman and author Alex Jefferson, and former U.S. Marine, Leo Champagne, the last living “first flag-raiser” on Iwo Jima. Featuring “America's Got Talent” Army Medic Scott Anderson (OEF-OIF) the Magician and 500 local high choirs. Sponsored by: Remembering America’s Heroes, Dark Wing Productions, City of Portland and the Portland Trailblazers. Admission and parking are free. Call: Ken Buckles, 503-351-2632

Nov. 8 - 12 p.m. – Veterans Convoy will travel on I-205 to honor all veterans along the highway named in their honor. The convoy forms at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Vancouver, Wash. Gates open at 8 a.m. New toy donations for children of deployed veterans accepted. Entry applications on-line: www.veteransoforegon.com Contact: Veterans of Oregon, 503-622-6084

Nov. 11 - 9:45 a.m. – The 36th Annual Hollywood District Veterans Day Parade will travel between N.E. 40th and 48th Ave. and Sandy Blvd. The parade concludes with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Flag Pole, N.E. 48th and Sandy Blvd. Covered seating will be available for seniors and those with disabilities. Contact: Sara Van Houten, 503-422-7141


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – The annual parade will be downtown. All veterans and their families are invited to a Chili Feed following the parade at VFW Post 4108, 1636 S.W. Veterans Way. The event is co-sponsored by Post 4108, American Legion Post 44, and the Redmond Chamber of Commerce. Contact: Jeff Casserly, VFW Post 4108, 541-550-6656


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Douglas County Veterans Day Parade, downtown. The parade theme: “Conserving the Lifeblood of our Warriors.” Contact: Rick Sciapiti, 541-440-4219


Nov. 11 - 7 to 11 a.m. – Free breakfast presented by Salem Capital American Legion Post 9, All Veterans, Military, Fire and Police and their families are invited, 2771 Pence Loop (Eagles Bldg.). Contact: Jack LaBox, 503-569-4649

11:30 a.m. – Veterans Day celebration program will begin and lunch will immediately follow. Contact: Salem Senior Center, 503-588-6303

3 p.m. – A ceremony will be held at the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial, on the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs grounds, 700 Summer St. N.E. Names of four Oregonians recently killed while serving in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will be unveiled.


Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Ceremonial tribute with Patriotic music hosted by VFW Post 4273 and Auxiliary at the Sandy Veterans Memorial Statue, intersection of Highways 26 and 211. 12 p.m. – Community potluck at VFW Post 4273, 38452 Proctor Blvd. Contact: Bert Key, 503-668-8418

The Dalles

Nov. 11 - 11 a.m. – Mid-Columbia parade begins at the National Guard Armory, 713 Webber St. It will proceed downtown and return to the Armory. 1 p.m. - VFW Post 2471 Auxiliary will host a potluck dinner and patriotic program at the National Guard Armory. The public is invited to attend. Contacts: Les Cochenour, 541-298-5692, or Gary Pratt, 509-767-1461


Nov. 11 - 12 p.m. – Annual Hobo Stew luncheon for American Legion Post 158 members and guests will be held at Post 158, 8635 S.W. Scoffins St. Contact: Mark Pedersen, 503-624-2332


Nov. 11 - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Tillamook Air Museum volunteers will serve a traditional S.O.S. Breakfast at the museum’s Air Base Cafe, located on Hwy. 101, south of Tillamook. 9:30 a. m. to 11 a.m. – The Museum and local VFW Posts, will host the 13th annual Veterans Appreciation Day and Open House to honor and thank veterans. A flyover has been requested. Free admission for all veterans.

11:30 a.m. – Presentations of the Oregon’s Honorable Service Medal to veterans. Contact: Michelle, Tillamook Air Museum, 503-842-1130 White City

Nov. 11 - 10 a.m. – Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, 8495 Crater Lake Hwy., will host a ceremony in the theater. The public is invited. A fly-over has been requested. Contact: Tom Marshall, 541-830-7468


Nov. 11 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Korean War Veterans Association Oregon Trail Chapter will be on site, at the Korean War Memorial, to answer questions and be of service during daylight hours. A flag ceremony and playing of Taps will be played at 11 a.m. The Memorial is located off Interstate 5 at exit 283, about 10 miles south of Portland. Follow the signs to Town Center Park. Contact: James Arling, 503-285-8118