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Eight will have photo, biography for temporary viewing at the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tom Hamman with the Lake Oswego Police Department sings the national anthem at the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial event last year. Veterans Day will look a bit different this year, but the spirit and effort in honoring those who served, or continue to serve, has not faltered.

Though annual Veterans Day events like The Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial ceremony and the Lake Oswego's Veterans of Foreign Wars event have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city and Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial Board remain determined to honor local veterans. The event also is sponsored by The Springs, which has local independent and assisted senior living facilities.

Community members can nominate a local veteran to be honored with a biography and photo display at the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial at Foothills Park from 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.

"It is a new thing this year that we're doing in response to the pandemic," said event supervisor Jamie Inglis. "We don't want to encourage gatherings with COVID numbers continuing to rise."

Nominees must have worked or lived in the city for at least five years, though they don't have to currently live in Lake Oswego, and they must be a veteran of one of the five U.S. armed forces, which includes Reserve, National Guard and the Merchant Marines.

Eight veterans will be chosen by the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial Board to have their stories on display.

Inglis said the stories and photographs will be shown on A-frames with weather-resistant signage throughout the site.

"You'll be able to wander and read stories about the eight selected veterans," she said. "No matter the weather, you'll be able to honor the veterans."

People can visit the site following COVID-19 safety precautions.

To nominate a veteran, click here. The application deadline is noon Tuesday, Nov. 3.


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