In an effort to spread awareness of those who have fought and served for the United States — to bring history out of textbooks — Bob Hill, president and chair of Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial, says its important for veterans to mingle with the younger generation.
"It's just trying to get the point across to these young kids in school what these vets are all about, what they did and when they did it," Hill said.
That's one of the reasons this year's Veterans Appreciation Night is taking place at Lake Oswego High School.
This year, veterans are invited to enjoy the Lake Oswego High School football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, from the endzone. Veterans attend for free and are honored on the field at halftime during a short ceremony.
For the last three years, the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial has hosted the Veterans Appreciation Night, alternating between Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools each year.
Hill said the ceremony is "down and dirty, very quick," and quite an honor.
Last year, a 94-year-old veteran threw the ball to kick off the game, something Hill hopes will happen again this year.
"The guy last year, he really rifled it pretty good," Hill said.
The athletic director will again be presented with a black POW (Prisoners of War) flag and a HUMV military vehicle will be on deck.
Veterans from various groups will be present including the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial, potentially folks from the Marines and other veteran friends and neighbors.
Hill said he hopes to have members of the National Guard present at the game as well.
Veteran's Day at Foothills
On Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Foothills Park, there will be a large ceremony to honor veterans from all eras. The event will include a military drone display, music by the local FeatherMakers band with Warren Dexter, a flyover by the West Coast Ravens, the Lake Oswego Police Honor Guard and guest speakers.
Navy Commander Annette Washburn will be the keynote speaker, LOPD Chief Dale Jorgensen will give a speech and Rev. Iain Stanford from Christ Church Episcopal Parish will lead the invocation.
The Gold Star Wives — whose spouses were killed in action — and Gold Star Mothers will also place a wreath at the memorial wall.
"I think (residents) should come to show their appreciation for our veterans; for what they've done in the past and future," Hill said.
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