Chamber plans Veterans Day breakfast

HERMISTON — A Veterans Day Breakfast is planned Friday from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395.

Presented by Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Wilcox Furniture, Girl Scouts of America, Sharon’s Sweet Treats, Sun Terrace and Walmart Super Center, the meal is free to veterans and their families.

For more information, call 541-567-6151.


VFW hosts annual veterans’ observance

PENDLETON — November 11 is the day the VFW Post 922 and Auxiliary honor and remember the veterans who have served our country. The annual Veteran’s Day service begins Friday at 9 a.m. at the Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Memorial Garden, 131 S.E. Byers Ave. 

Presentation of the colors by the VFW will be followed by music by the Sisters of Song. The Rev. Rick Oliver will provide the invocation and Larry Blanc will be guest speaker. After placement of wreaths by the Ladies’ Auxiliary, Rick Halvorson will close the ceremony by singing “Sleep Soldier Sleep.”

At 11 a.m., a memorial service will be held at Olney Cemetery, 865 Tutuilla Road. The service will be opened by John Cook, followed by a welcome by Dave Byrd. Guest speaker is Parley Pearce. The national anthem will be sung by Paul Ellis.


Parade honors veterans

MILTON-FREEWATER — Show your pride and appreciation during Friday’s Milton-Freewater Elks Veterans Day Parade. The event begins with staging at 10 a.m. at Valley Christian Center, 800 N. Main St., Milton-Freewater. The parade will start at 11 a.m. For more information, call 541-938-3633 or Jim at  541-861-0773.


Cafe offers S.O.S.

HERMISTON — All veterans are invited to enjoy free S.O.S. (Stuff on a Shingle) at the Chuckwagon Cafe. Veterans who provide proof of service will be served up the free lunch Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cafe, located at 81027 N. Highway 395, Hermiston.

For more information, call 541-567-6329.


Tamastslikt shows free flicks

MISSION — Four movies highlighting the contributions of American Indians in the United States armed forces will be shown, and complimentary refreshments will be served as part of the Pepsi Primetime @ the Museum series on Veterans Day.

The free films will be shown Friday at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd. (off Highway 331 at Wildhorse Casino &?Resort), including “Reel Injun” at 12:30 p.m.; “Choctaw Code Talkers” at 2 p.m.; “Way of the Warrior” at 3 p.m.; and “True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers” at 4 p.m. 

There is no admission fee for the movies. In addition, veterans, military and their immediate families also receive free admission to museum exhibits. For more information, call 541-966-9748 or go to


Girl Scouts serve up free meal

HERMISTON — A free dinner and program put on by the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington Service Unit 22 is planned. The event, in its ninth year, is Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 900 S.E. Columbia Drive, Hermiston.

In addition to the free meal, door prizes will be given out. Admission is free to all who have served or are serving in the military and a guest.

For more information, call Michelle Kane at 541-564-5985.


Elks Lodge offers steak dinner

HERMISTON — A free steak dinner for veterans and their spouses is being offered by Hermiston Elks Lodge No. 1845. The event is Friday at 6 p.m. at 480 E. Main St.

Veterans living in Echo, Hermiston, Umatilla, Stanfield, Irrigon, Boardman, Paterson, Wash., and Plymouth, Wash., are eligible to attend.

The event is limited to 176 dinners, so those participating are asked to RSVP by calling 541-701-0441. For more information, call Larry Carrick at 541-571-5113 or the lodge at 541-567-6923.


State veterans’ office hosts ceremony

SALEM — As part of Veterans Day celebrations statewide, the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs will host a memorial ceremony Friday at 3 p.m. on the department’s grounds at 700 Summer St. N.E., Salem.

The public ceremony will honor four fallen Oregon service members who died recently while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, plus the other 127 men and women who have given their lives while serving our nation. The names of the fallen are inscribed on the Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial and will be read during the ceremony. 

Jim Willis, veterans department director, will be the keynote speaker. In addition, the Oregon National Guard will present military honors. For more information, call 503-373-2386.

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