Veterans groups hold ceremony, breakfast

November 9, 2005

Hood River County’s Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Friday in Overlook Memorial Park at the junction of Second and State streets.

The program begins at 11 a.m. with a welcome by Wendy Herman, an Army veteran who will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

A low-level flyover from the 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group from the Oregon Air National Guard is expected about that same time.

Several Boy Scout troops will join American Legion Post 22 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1479 in recognition of the national colors.

After Herman has led the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem will be sung by Odell resident Arlene Allegre.

Her son, Maj. Mike Allegre, an official with the state Department of Veterans Affairs, will later take the podium as the keynote speaker. His message on the patriotic duty of citizens will follow an invocation by Pastor Andrew Wendle of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, and the presentation of new memorial bricks, by Bob Francis, Hood River city manager and an Army veteran.

National Guardsmen from the Hood River Armory will give the traditional rifle salute before trumpeter Kate Brownback closes the annual service by playing Taps.

Prior to the Nov. 11 ceremony, the American Legion Auxiliary will honor veterans with a free breakfast. The morning meal will be served at the Elks Lodge at the corner of Third Street and Cascade Avenue from 7 to 10 a.m.

The breakfast is also free to Legion and Auxiliary members who have paid their annual dues in full.

Members of the public are welcome to dine at a cost of $6 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 12.

At the breakfast, a drawing for a gift basket will be held, with the proceeds being used to benefit a needy veteran family.

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