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Both school events included a reception where student leaders, veterans and their families got to chat

Gladstone and Oregon City high schools both hosted assemblies for students to honor veterans on Nov. 8.

PHOTO BY: COBY EDWARDS - Molalla Police Chief Rod Lucich and Tuskegee Airman Alex Jefferson shake hands.Many veterans from out of town were in PHOTO BY: COBY EDWARDS - Chris Spence, whose actions as part of the U.S. Army Special Forces were featured in the movie '12 Strong,' speaks to Oregon City students.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.

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Gladstone High School student leaders Hailey Olson (from left) and Hailey Specht chat with veterans Charles A. Lettenmaier, his son, Charles, and granddaughter Brianna (standing), Gary McAdams (striped shirt) and Jerry Craig at an event honoring former service members on Nov. 8.Gladstone's event also featured PHOTO BY: COBY EDWARDS - Percy Piestawa of the Yakama Warriors speaks at the Nov. 8 assembly at Oregon City High School.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.

PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Kari Tadder, Air Force veteran and assistant coach of the Gladstone High School cheer team, poses with her team and husband, Kevin, also an Air Force veteran.

PHOTO BY: COBY EDWARDS - Orergon City High School alumnus and WWII vet Maurice Nichols is awarded OCHS Principals Award from Tom Lovell, right, as Superintendent Larry Didway (left) looks on.

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