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Estacada organizations host annual parade, ceremony and breakfast in town to honor Veterans Day

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Attendees of the Estacada Veterans Day Ceremony take a moment for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Estacada community took the morning of Monday, Nov. 11, to honor those who served in the United States Military.

In honor of Veterans Day, the Estacada American Legion Carl Douglas Post hosted a breakfast, with the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation organizing a parade and ceremony at the Veterans Memorial.

The parade began at Estacada High School and made its way downtown. Boy Scout troops, the Estacada High School Marching Band, the Estacada RIOT and Junior Riot Dance Teams and numerous local businesses participated in the event. The parade drew everyone from attendees driving classic cars to participants riding on horseback.

During the Veterans Day Ceremony, leaders at the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation focused on honoring homeless veterans. Statistics shared from the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans found that of the total adult homeless population in the U.S., 11% are veterans. And among that number, approximately half served in the Vietnam War.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of the Estacada Junior RIOT Dance Team cheered their way through the annual Veterans Day parade.

EASOTF President Dennis Dahrens noted that he had met two homeless veterans in Estacada and "found a fondness and respect for them."

Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine and Flynn Phillips of the American Legion also addressed the crowd.

Additionally, Beauden Stanten from Estacada Middle School's Service Learning Class presented a wreath for the memorial that the class had purchased.

"It is our privilege to recognize veterans for their service," he said.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Members of the Estacada Area Support Our Troops Foundation read the newest names on the memorial bricks.

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