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VFW hosts gathering on Veterans Day, 100th anniversary of burying the Unknown Soldier

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham VFW Post 180 Cmdr. David Lowe spoke about the importance of honoring all those who served during a Veterans Day gathering. A century ago a monument was created in dedication to all the deceased U.S. service members whose remains could not be identified.

On March 4, 1921, U.S. Congress approved the burial of an unidentified American who served during World War I. In the following years the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier would be built in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Many in the community came out, despite the chill and rain, to honor veterans. More than 100 years later, Gresham residents continue to commemorate every person who has served in the military. While many see the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month as a time to catch up on errands, chat with friends, or relax, in East Multnomah County Veterans Day takes on a special meaning.

"For those of us here today, we know the importance of this day," said David Lowe, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 180 commander. "The importance of honoring the sacrifice of the relative few who afford each and every American the opportunity to live free of tyranny and fear."

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - A Gresham firefighter places a wreath during the Veterans Day ceremony. Thursday morning, Nov. 11, dozens of veterans and loved ones gathered for the annual event hosted by the Gresham VFW and Gresham VFW Post 180 Auxiliary. Held at the Gresham Heroes Memorial, at the corner of Powell Boulevard and Roberts Avenue, the day included a proclamation from Gresham Mayor Travis Stovall, the placing of American flags along Main Avenue, and warm beverages courtesy Stomping Grounds Coffee.

"Today we celebrate the millions of veterans who have ensured our freedom since America's humble beginning," Lowe said. "We celebrate their determination, dedication and unwavering patriotism."

The event also recognized the members of the Gresham Police Department and Gresham Fire & Emergency Services who protect the community closer to home.

"Thank you to all the veterans in our community and our police and firefighters for keeping us safe," Stovall said.


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