Appreciation of veterans firmly planted

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photoCarter Hoerauf, 6, from Pack 359 in Hockinson, plants a flag at the Post Cemetery, Thursday, in preparation for the annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday.

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VETERANS DAY EVENTS

FRIDAY

11 a.m. — Annual service at Vancouver Barracks Post Cemetery, Fourth Plain Boulevard just east of Interstate 5; speakers include Marine Sgt. Maj. Eric Sheline, Mayor Tim Leavitt and U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas; cemetery tours will be offered after the service.

11:30 a.m. — Community luncheon fundraising event for CDM Services, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St.

2 p.m. — Open house and ribbon-cutting at Armed Forces Reserve Center, 15005 N.E. 65th St., new home of Army Reserve and Washington National Guard units formerly based at Vancouver Barracks.

2 p.m. — Grand opening and flag-raising, Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, 400 N. Andresen; 6 p.m. social time; 8 p.m. ceremony.

Veterans Day free admission at Oregon Zoo for military veterans and active military personnel (as well as accompanying family members) with a military or veteran organization ID, discharge papers or other official military ID. Families of deployed military personnel also admitted free with active duty ID.

SATURDAY

5:30 p.m. — Community celebration honoring veterans, Mountain Valley Grange Hall, 40107 N.E. 221st Ave., Amboy; dessert social at 5:30 p.m ., singer/guitarist Wayne Hoffman at 6:30 p.m., program honoring veterans at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Jerry Kolke.