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Veterans Day honors and recognizes members of the military who served their country honorably.

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, and throughout the region, veterans' groups, churches, local officials and others will honor military service members with ceremonies.

The day is distinct from Memorial Day, which honors the sacrifice of those who died or went missing in military service. Veterans Day celebrates all who served honorably and recognizes their service to the United States.

Every year, Veterans Day falls on Nov. 11. That's the day, 101 years ago, that an armistice took effect to end World War I. Across the country, bells are often sounded at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in remembrance.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2666 present the colors during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Washington County Veterans Memorial in Hillsboro last year.

Washington County

The public is invited to Washington County's annual Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, at the Washington County Veterans Memorial, located at Northeast Veterans Drive and 34th Avenue in Hillsboro.

Parking is available at the TriMet Fair Complex/Hillsboro Airport stop. The event will take place rain or shine, with covered seating available.

The keynote speaker is Washington County Commissioner Jerry Willey of Hillsboro, a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy veteran.

State Rep. Janeen Sollman of Hillsboro will be this year's host. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici will also be in attendance.

The ceremony is sponsored by Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services (DAVS) in partnership with Memorial Fund for Veterans of Washington County, VFW Post 2666 and American Legion Post 6. For more information, call (503) 846-3060.

On Saturday, Nov. 16, DAVS is partnering with Oregon Society of Artists to present Welcome Home: A Veteran Art Workshop from noon to 3:30 p.m. at the Hillsboro Library, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway. Hear stories and see artwork created by veterans who have used art to connect with their community and explore their creativity after returning home from service.

All supplies are provided free of charge by Blick Art Materials. Pizza and other refreshments will be provided. Immediate family members, children and friends of veterans are welcome to join. For more information and to RSVP for the event, call 503-846-3051.


Down the road from Hillsboro, Cornelius will also host a Veterans Day observance at 1 p.m. Monday at its Veterans Memorial Park, located south of West Baseline Street in between North 12th and 13th avenues.

Washington County Sheriff Pat Garrett, an Iraq War veteran who spent 25 years in the U.S. Army, will be the program's keynote speaker. Cornelius Mayor Jef Dalin and Emanuel Lutheran Church pastor Karl Pishaw will also speak, with Pishaw offering an invocation.

Tim Birr will play "America the Beautiful" and "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes. Sgt. Jordan Weston of the Washington County Sheriff's Office will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America."

Abriana Vidal Tinoco, a fourth-grade student at Cornelius Elementary School, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2666 will provide a 21-gun salute.

All members of the public are invited to attend. Street parking is available in the area.


The American Legion Post 124 will welcome members of the public to Bethel Congregational United Church, 5150 S.W. Watson Ave. in Beaverton, for a celebration of Veterans Day at 11 a.m. Monday.

Following opening remarks from pastor David Randall-Bodman and American Legion post commander Steven Gerber, the colors will be posted by Beaverton police and Alicia Davenport will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Mayor Denny Doyle will read a proclamation on behalf of the city of Beaverton.

Also speaking: Lacey Beaty, a Beaverton city councilor, veteran and second vice commander of Post 124; Larry Wittmayer, second vice commander of the American Legion Department of Oregon; Fred Meyer, adjutant of Post 124; Wanda Janus, adjutant and treasurer of the Disabled America Veterans Department of Oregon; Darwin Goodspeed, director of the VA Portland Health Care System; Capt. Ian Beaty; and Master Sgt. Robert "Brandon" Bertilson, a combat engineer in the U.S. Army National Guard.

Post 124 invites attendees to visit the Beaverton Veterans Memorial Park across the street from the church after the ceremony concludes.


Tualatin's Juanita Pohl Center will host its annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Nov. 8, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the center.

The breakfast is designed to honor and recognize military service veterans. The catered meal is being provided courtesy of Dalton's Northwest Catering.

The program, held in concert with the Tualatin VFW Auxiliary, is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Veterans eat free, while there is a $10 charge — and limited space — for non-veterans.

This year, attendees will hear from three guest speakers, including: Gea Clausier, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who now volunteers to help fellow veterans at the VA and with the American Legion; Bill Manderfeld, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War and was injured in the line of duty; and Dave DeHart, also a veteran of the U.S. Army who had a fascinating 20-year military career, starting as a GI and ultimately progressing to counterintelligence work.

Door prizes for veterans will be raffled off during the event.

The Juanita Pohl Center is located at 8513 S.W. Tualatin Road.

Attendance at the event is capped at 150 registrants, and is expected to fill up fast.


Sherwood will honor local veterans at 11 a.m. Monday at its downtown arts center.

The annual Veterans Day celebration will feature music by the Sherwood High School Mixolydians and a keynote by Debi Mollahan, a U.S. Navy veteran and chief executive officer of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce. There will also be a presentation of the colors by the American Legion color guard.

Light refreshments will be provided by local businesses Symposium Coffee and Sprinkles of Joy.

The ceremony is put on by the city government in collaboration with local partners. It's hosted by the Sherwood Center for the Arts, located at 22689 S.W. Pine St. in downtown Sherwood, near the Sherwood Public Library.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to attend, salute veterans and hear their stories.

Forest Grove

The day before Veterans Day, on Sunday, Nov. 10, the Forest Grove Elks Lodge will host dinner for veterans, in conjunction with the American Legion Post 2, starting at 12:30 p.m.

The dinner is served free of charge for veterans and their families. The menu includes ham, green beans and potatoes au gratin. Dessert will also be provided.

Donations for veterans programs will be accepted at the event.

A country band will play at the dinner. There will also be guest speakers.

The Forest Grove Elks Lodge is located at 2810 Pacific Ave.

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District

There will be free activities for veterans, active-duty service members and their families at facilities operated by the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, which covers most of the Beaverton area.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, the Elsie Stuhr Center will host a Veterans Celebration. The Elsie Stuhr Center is located at 5550 S.W. Hall Blvd. in Beaverton.

Veterans, active-duty members of the military and their families are also invited to a pancake breakfast Monday the Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center, located at 9985 S.W. 125th Ave. in Beaverton. Breakfast is served from 9 to 11 a.m.

Additionally, all drop-in activities at THPRD's recreation and aquatic centers — including fitness classes, open swim and more — are offered free of charge to all veterans, members of the military and family members of military reservists this Veterans Day weekend, from Saturday to Monday.

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