Letter: Upcoming veterans events and observances
It's November 2018. A month filled with dates that will resonate with meanings quite diverse for many reasons, all affecting the veterans in our community and the future of our Republic.
Nov. 2 is the first Friday of the month and is the day all veterans are invited to breakfast together at the Village Inn in St Helens. Veterans' topics and the occasional guest speaker with a topic relating to veterans' concerns are welcome. Every month, on the first Friday, we gather, so try to join us. Come a bit early as breakfast starts at 7 a.m. and the meeting starts at 8. Give the kitchen a break and don't everyone order at the same time. The waitress appreciates it also. It's a great breakfast and perfect location. There are normally about 50 veterans with their wives/husbands, so we hope to see you there.
Nov. 6 is Election Day. Be sure to vote. This election will have enormous consequences for our city, county, and our Republic. Do your civic duty and participate.
Nov. 11 is, of course, Veterans Day. A originally set aside to commemorate the end of the "Great War to End all Wars" — WWI. This anniversary date marks the end of hostilities of WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of 1918. In the United States it was formally known as Armistice Day. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. It is a celebration of the sacrifice of all who served in war and peace.
This year, in the hope of starting a tradition, the Scappoose Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold the celebration of Veterans Day in Veterans Park. With two locations in Scappoose dedicated to the members of this community that have served their country, Veterans Day will henceforth be held in Veterans Park. Memorial Day, always observed on the last Monday in May, commemorates all those who lost their lives in the service to our nation. Memorial Day will be henceforth be observed at the Heritage Park Veterans Memorial by the City Hall as it always has been.
This change of venue is timely as the Scappoose Public Works Director Dave Sukau and his staff have recently installed beautiful landscaping in Veterans Park, and the Heritage Memorial is about to undergo some proposed physical changes to improve the site — thanks to a grant from our local Sen. Betsy Johnson.
The Veterans Day observance will commence at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, and will include a guest speaker and, hopefully, decent weather. Please come join the VFW and our fellow citizens for this first Veterans Day observance at Veterans Park in Scappoose, located at 52590 Captain Roger Kucera Way.
Scappoose VFW Post 4362