Veterans Day events lined up
A celebration, parade and concert are planned to honor local veterans on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11.
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12141 of Madras announce the Sixth Annual Veterans Day Celebration to be held at the Jefferson County Community Center, 860 SW Madison St. in Madras, on Thursday, Nov. 11. Doors open at 10 a.m.
The event is free to the public. The theme of the celebration is "Tribute to Our Veterans." Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
A Post cash raffle drawing, with three winning tickets, will be drawn. Winners will be announced at approximately noon. An Auxiliary raffle drawing for a T-6 Texan airplane ride will follow the Post drawing. Tickets for two gift baskets of bird houses will be sold and drawn.
The Veterans Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. near Sahalee Park in Madras. The Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade and will do the announcing of each float. The American Legion is managing the parade.
Those interested in having a float in the annual parade may pre-register with the chamber office through Wednesday, Nov. 10. Registration is also open at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11 in the Madras High School parking lot.
American Legion member Michael Williams said he is hoping the Civil Air Patrol will do a fly over at 2:15 p.m. during the parade.
After the parade, the community is welcome to a memorial dedication, live music and chili dog feed outdoors under a tent at the Veteran Healing Memorial at the Jefferson County Community Center from 3 to 5 p.m. The Jefferson County Veterans' Service Office is hosting the event with local veterans, VFW, American Legion, community service advocates and multiple agencies.
A Veterans Day Suicide Prevention and Awareness Concert featuring Countryfied's Mark Mobley will begin around 3:30 p.m.
"We want to bring education and awareness to the issue of veteran suicide," said Jefferson County Lead Veterans' Service Officer Laura Moore.
She said there will be information about suicide prevention and awareness so the community knows what resources are available locally.
There is no cost to attend, although donations may be collected.
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