AMBOY — On Nov. 5, the 35th Annual Community Celebration Honoring Our Veterans was held, co-hosted by North Clark Historical Museum and Mount Valley Grange 79. There were 77 people in attendance, including 18 veterans. All branches of the service were represented. Gift boxes from “Operation Gratitude,” donated by Kyle Andrews, were handed out to all veterans.
Alan Hunter, United States Marine Corps, was the veteran speaker. He served from 1966 to 1968, and spoke about his experiences at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Vietnam. The organization highlighted was the Friends of the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Pete Catching spoke on the history of the grist mill and on its renovation. Entertainment was provided by the Amboy Middle School Band eighth- grade students, under the direction of Jeremey Gallagher. Danae Castle provided a beautiful patriotic song medley. Flag presentation was by John Nanny, Doug Facundus and Don Marsh of American Legion Tum Tum Post 168.
A pie and ice cream social before the program, and a pie auction held at the end of the program provided funds for Mount Valley Grange. A door prize raffle benefited North Clark Historical Museum.
A patriotic quilt, made and donated by the Chelatchie Quilters, was won by Ann Van Antwerp, United States Marine Corps and United States Army Reserves.
The raffle quilt, “Wild Flowers,” was won by Rachel Mendez of Battle Ground. She had attended the fall bazaar and craft show at the museum in October and purchased her tickets there. The raffle quilt was made by the Chelatchie Quilters. The quilt raffle sales benefit the museum’s capital improvement fund.