Veterans honored at Gladstone, Oregon City high schools
Gladstone and Oregon City high schools both hosted assemblies for students to honor veterans on Nov. 8.
Many veterans from out of town were in the area for an event earlier in the week to benefit a local nonprofit, including WWII Tuskegee airman Alexander Jefferson.
Both school events included a reception where student leaders, veterans and their families got to chat and share cookies and coffee.
Gladstone's featured speaker Kari Tadder told her story of being deployed to Afghanistan, leaving her husband and three kids at home. Tadder is an Air Force veteran and assistant coach of the Gladstone High School cheer team.
Gladstone's event also featured performances by the GHS Choir, Band and Jazz Band.
Oregon City's featured speakers included Army Special Forces veteran Chris Spence and Desmond Doss Jr., whose father served as a combat medic in the WWII engagement of Hacksaw Ridge during the Battle of Okinawa and became the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions to save 75 fellow soldiers during the war.
First responders such as local police officers and firefighters also were honored at Oregon City's event, and many of the veterans visited classrooms to answer questions from students.