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More than 150 people show up to pay tribute to America's veterans with song, heartfelt words and more.

A strong turnout and plenty of important words were all part of a Veterans Day event Nov. 11 at St. James Catholic Church in Molalla.

More than 150 people attended the remembrance and tribute to this nation's veterans. Eleven local students offered their thoughts on the day, while Congressman Kurt Schrader provided the keynote address.

COURTESY PHOTO: MIKE CLARKE - one of the three soldiers honored by the Quilts of Valor Foundation receives his quilt during the Nov. 11 event in Molalla.

Additionally, Faith Holloway was on hand representing the Quilts of Valor Foundation to present three quilts to men who had served in the military.

"One of those receiving (a quilt) was Dave Pickett," Mike Clarke, one of the event organizers, said. "Dave and I served in Vietnam together as door gunners. The program had speeches, songs and videos honoring our veterans and first responders."

Patricia Carroll from the local VFW Women's Auxiliary sang the National Anthem and Travis Powell, a Molalla High graduate and retired Army reservist, sang two songs. Raegan Frankus read a poem she wrote to her dad, who is a Portland Police Officer.

"A lot of tears after that with a standing ovation," Clarke said.

COURTESY PHOTO: MIKE CLARKE - During the Veterans Day event in Molalla on Nov. 11, there were songs, speeches, poetry and plenty of emotion.


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