11th hour, 11th day: Saturday Observances honor veterans

AIR FORCE veteran Doug Grissom, M.D, second from right, with fellow Airmen. Find his story at the Hood River News.

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AIR FORCE veteran Doug Grissom, M.D, second from right, with fellow Airmen. Find his story at the Hood River News.

Three events on Saturday honor veterans who have served the United States:

• The annual breakfast in the ballroom at Hood River Elks Lodge returns Nov. 11 from 7-11 a.m. The lodge is located at 304 Cascade Ave.

The event is free and open to the community. Donations and a drawing benefit Divide Camp, Inc., for veterans. The buffet-style breakfast is donated by Safeway.

• At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Anderson’s Tribute Center hosts its annual Veterans Day observance, and all are welcome. Anderson’s is located at 1401 Belmont Ave. Jack Trumbull of Anderson’s said, “Special speakers and music from the Hood River Valley High School choir give us an opportunity to thank our veterans.”

A reception follows, hosted by Daughters of the American Revolution.

• At the Lyle Park, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.), Roberta Tuthill, Lyle’s Class of 1941 valedictorian (of all five graduates) is heading up a commemoration of the 99th year of World War I Armistice Day of 1918.

Casey Mendert, from the leadership committee and a junior at Lyle Secondary School, will open the celebration with a Presentation of the Colors, followed by Master of Ceremonies, Pastor Les Haarstad, assisted by Pastor Robert Smith.

Speakers include Kenneth Scotts, about the Civil War, and possibly the 94-year-old Roberta Tuthill herself. After the ceremony, there will be an escort to lead those interested to the Lyle/Balch Cemetery to also honor all military veterans buried there. In addition, the Twin Bridges Museum, in view from the park, will open its doors to share their ever-growing military display of Lyle’s veterans.

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