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The event featured a color guard, 21-gun salute and remarks from local veterans.

PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN  - Members of the VFW Post 2666 from Hillsboro were on hand for a color guard and 21-gun salute during a Veterans Day celebration in North Plains on Friday, Nov. 11.

The community of North Plains gathered for a Veterans Day celebration at its Veterans Memorial Park on Highland Court on Friday, Nov. 11. PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - The event in North Plains kicks off with a presentation of the colors, as members of the VFW Post 2666 present a United States flag and POW/MIA flag

During remarks from Mayor Teri Lenahan and a local veteran from the community, the small Washington County town showed big appreciation for those who serve and have served.

"Today has great significance to so many of us," said Lenahan. "It is a day to cherish and honor the men and women who served and continue to serve the armed services. It's also a day to reaffirm our national values of duty, honor, selflessness, civic responsibility and democracy in our country." PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - North Plains Mayor Teri Lenahan speaks during a Veterans Day celebration held at the Veterans Memorial Park in town.

She introduced Sgt. Cory Smith, a fifth-generation veteran who currently serves in the Oregon Air National Guard. He's been a North Plains resident for 10 years.

"Yes, I'm with those noisy fighter jets that I hear people complaining about on the Facebook page, but as I tell my kids, that's the sound of —" he said, before being interrupted by his sons — Jacob, 9, and Eli, 6 — who finished his sentence with a shout of, "Freedom!"

"Right on cue," Smith said with a proud smile.

He spoke about the importance of showing recognition for veterans, as well as what it means for a small town like North Plains to have such a prominent memorial to service members. PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - Technical Sgt. Cory Smith spoke about what it means to be a veteran during the ceremony in North Plains on Friday, Nov. 11.

"For a small town like North Plains to have a memorial of this stature is truly a testament to this city's values and dedication to its veterans," Smith said. "I'm unbelievably proud to be a member of this community and the recognition and pride that it shows to its veterans." PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN  - Members of the Martin J. Ryan VFW Post 2666 provided a color guard and 21-gun salute during a Veterans Day celebration in North Plains.

Smith talked about how difficult it can sometimes be for those who serve, who didn't sign up "for recognition or renown."

"The military, for those on the outside looking in, can seem like a job. It becomes more than that when you participate to be a military member," Smith said. "It's a culture. It's a lifestyle. It's an entirely different entity than I thought it would be before I enlisted." PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - The Veterans Day celebration was held at North Plains Veterans Park, which opened in 2020.

"Believe me, we don't do it for the paycheck," he added, to knowing laughter from the crowd that was also full of vets.

The event was organized by the Knights of Pythias Glencoe Lodge No. 22. A color guard and 21-gun salute was provided by the Martin J. Ryan VFW Post 2666. PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - Bugler Jim Main plays 'Taps' while the VFW Post 2666 prepared to fire a 21-gun salute on Veterans Day 2022 in North Plains.

They marched forward with a U.S. flag and black POW/MIA flag before the remarks, and they retired the colors at the end of the celebration.

Once Smith was finished, seven members of the VFW honor guard fired their vintage rifles three times while bugler Jim Main played "Taps." PMG PHOTO: TROY SHINN - Bullet casings on the ground following a 21-gun salute fired by members of the VFW Post 2666 during a Veterans Day celebration in North Plains.

The celebration ended with a playing of Ray Boltz's song, "Fallen, Not Forgotten."

The event program notes that North Plains is still accepting donations for park and flag maintenance. Donors can also pay to have an engraved brick installed to honor a loved one who served.

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