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Starting Friday, civilians, veterans and their families can take part in free events to honor those who served

This Veterans Day there are plenty of observances and ceremonies to honor those who served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Here's a rundown of events happening in Columbia County.

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - Boy Scout members present the colors during a Veterans Day community ceremony in 2016. This Veterans Day weekend, several community events will take place to honor those who served.

Scappoose

  • Veterans Day breakfast

    Scappoose High School's leadership program will host a free Veterans Day breakfast for vets and their families Friday morning.

    What: Veterans Breakfast

    When: Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m.

    Where: Scappoose High School cafeteria

  • Veterans Day public service

    Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4362 will host its annual Veterans Day tribute at Veterans Park in Scappoose this year. The ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, and will feature a guest speaker

    What: Scappoose VFW Veterans Day ceremony

    When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

    Where: Veterans Park, 52590 Captain Roger Kucera Way, Scappoose

    St. Helens

  • Columbia County Stand Down

    The 4th annual Columbia County Stand Down will benefit agencies serving veterans and offer an onsite career fair. The event is sponsored by Community Action Team KOHI AM Radio, WorkSource Oregon and The Elks Veterans Bunker.

    What: Columbia County

    Stand Down, benefit and career fair

    When: 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 and 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10

    Where: Columbia River Four Square Church, 555 Commons Drive, St. Helens.

  • Veterans Day ceremony and memorial wall celebration

    The St. Helens Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1440 will host a ceremony for veterans starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Participants are encouraged to arrive by 10:45 to observe a moment of silence promptly at 11 a.m.

    The observance will serve as a nod to a new memorial wall being constructed in McCormick Park in St. Helens (see story A12).

    What: VFW St. Helens Veterans Day ceremony

    When: 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

    Where: McCormick Park, St. Helens

  • Elks Veterans Bunker community meal

    The veterans bunker in St. Helens will offer a free community meal to all veterans and active duty military members Sunday afternoon. Food will be served at the St. Helens Elks Lodge starting at 1:30 p.m. and River City Singers will give a special performance featuring songs from the World War I era, on the 100th anniversary of the armistice. Food is free until it runs out and will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

    What: Community Meal for service members

    When: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11

    Where: St. Helens Elks Lodge, 350 Belton Road, St. Helens

    Rainier

  • Annual VFW fundraiser and potluck lunch

    VFW Post 1909 will host a community potluck Saturday, Nov. 10 to honor veterans. The potluck will feature a silent auction with $1 paper tubes and $2 grab bags. Bring your favorite dish to share.

    What: VFW potluck and fundraiser

    When: 11 a.m. social hour; 12 p.m. lunch, Saturday, Nov. 10

    Where: Alston Corner Assembly of God Church, 25272 Alston Road, Rainier

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