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COURTESY PHOTO: 50TH VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE - Scott Park, where the Vietnam War Commemorative Monument is located, will be the site of a Veteran's Day celebration in Milwaukie.COURTESY PHOTO - James J. Hong, a World War II veteran from Milwaukie, was modest about his heroism as gunner on bomber during World War II. He was featured by this newspaper in 2019, in an article about Chinese-American veterans getting their due.

Tuesday, Nov. 9

9:45 a.m.: Veterans Assembly at Gladstone High School

Gladstone High School is hosting its annual Veterans Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

During the event, veterans, enlisted personnel from any branch of military service and their guests are invited to a reception beginning at 9:45 a.m. with a guest speaker and musical performances commencing at 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 11

9 a.m.-5 p.m. at VFW Post 1324 Three Rivers

The Veterans of Foreign Wars' Three Rivers Post 1324 in Oregon City, which recently donated $12,000 to restore the city's Veterans Memorial Plaza, is hosting an open house including military displays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lunch will also be available at the event.COURTESY PHOTO: 50TH VIETNAM WAR COMMEMORATIVE COMMITTEE - The Vietnam War Commemorative Monument features the names of Clackamas County veterans who died in the conflict.

5-9 p.m. at Milwaukie-Portland Elks Lodge #142, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

$25 tickets to a casino night featuring the Sons of Aloha band will benefit Fort Kennedy, a nonprofit organization developed to provide necessary food, clothing and resources for homeless veterans and their families in Clackamas County. Proceeds from all Burger Baskets purchased at any Wichita Pub today will go to Fort Kennedy. Fort Kennedy is located at 7600 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd. For further information, call 503-765-2661, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit fortkennedy.org.

1 p.m.: Veterans Day at Scott Park in Milwaukie

The 50th Vietnam War Commemorative Committee is hosting a Veterans Day activity at 1 p.m. in Scott Park in Milwaukie next to the Ledding Library.

The event will be held at the park's commemorative monument created by local sculptor Bruce Palone featuring the names of Clackamas County veterans of the Vietnam War. A ceremony and reading of the names at 1:30 p.m. will be followed by the laying of carnations at the site in honor of those lost. The site will remain open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. that afternoon.

Jerry Craig, Milwaukie American Legion post chaplain and chair of the 50th Vietnam War Commemorative Committee said the event has not been able to take place since 2017, partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. PMG 2019 FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Milwaukie resident James Hong shows the patches identifying his branch of service during World War II.COURTESY PHOTO - In 1944, Milwaukie resident James Hong was pictured with U.S. Air Force friends Guy Bowman and David McCormick, ready to depart for their B-17 bomber missions from Tampa, Florida.

Organizers are suggesting attendees bring a folding chair if they prefect not to stand for the duration of the event.

Sunday, Nov. 14

Camp Withycombe, 15300 S.E. Minuteman Way, Clackamas, is holding this sold-out event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. to honor Chinese-American WWII veterans and their descendants with presentations of the Congressional Gold Medal.


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