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Lake Oswego organizations will host large Veterans Day events at Foothills and City Hall

History will come alive Nov. 11 during a series of emotional speeches and activities to honor those who have fought and served the United States.

Lake Oswego community members are invited to attend local Veterans Day events to learn more about those who gave their lives and hard work to obtain our country's freedom, and to honor active members of the military.

The Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial is hosting a ceremony Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Foothills Park. 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.

In the afternoon, Lake Oswego's Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) invites the public to City Hall at 1 p.m. to honor veterans from all eras as well as active military personnel.

The event aims to have less speakers — though there will be a handful of powerful speeches — and more entertainment. This Veterans Day event will feature coffee from Blue Moon, cake from Lake Oswego's Safeway, tables full of memorabilia, a bagpiper, a Scottish snare drummer — and a special surprise guest.

A 94-year-old woman who was a nurse during World War II will give a speech, Col. and Chaplain Terry Schreck will do the invocation and benediction, and there will be POW table and a helmet and uniform display.

"It's educational," said event organizer Jerry Ghiglieri. "(There's) an opportunity for people in the community to shake the hands of an active military person or a veteran and say 'Thank you for your service.'"

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