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Organizations host Veterans Day events

Tonasket plans parade to honor those who served

TONASKET — A Veterans Day parade is planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, on Whitcomb Avenue.

The procession will go from the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center, 215 S. Whitcomb Ave., to the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project, 1 Tonasket Shop Road.

A ceremony, including a gun salute and prayers, will be at 11:30 a.m., spokesman George Frank said.

A free dinner for veterans will be at 12:30 p.m. at American Legion Post No. 82, 319 Western Ave. Others may attend by donation.

The Legacy building and memorial will be open until 4 p.m., with refreshments available.

Several other events are planned around the region. All are open to the public. Those responding to a request for information are:

Brewster

The school district’s assembly will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 in Champions Gym, 503 S. Seventh St. Students from kindergarten to 12th-grade will be represented through songs, videos and other presentations.

The elementary and high school choirs will sing, and the middle-high school band will give a presentation.

Veterans are invited. An American Legion color guard will make a presentation.

• American Legion Post No. 97 plans a free appreciation dinner Nov. 9 for all veterans at the hall, 102 Third St. A social hour is at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and awards after that. Post and community volunteers will be recognized.

Guests are welcome.

Bridgeport

A Veterans Day assembly, which is open to the public, will be at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 8 in the high school gym, 1400 Tacoma Ave.

Students in third- through 12th-grades will attend.

The American Legion will present the colors, followed by singing of the national anthem. A PowerPoint presentation, created by the high school associated student body, will commemorate veterans.

The event closes with “Taps” by the American Legion.

Curlew

The Leo McCormack American Legion post will participate in the Curlew School Veterans Day observance at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at the school, 47 Curlew School Road.

A lunch is planned afterward.

Keller

Keller School will honor veterans at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at the school, 17 S. School Road.

Guest speakers will be Arnie Holt and Darlene Wilder. Children will recite their own poems.

Mansfield

A Veterans Day assembly will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the school gym, 491 Road 14 N.E.

A veteran will speak.

Methow Valley

An assembly is planned for 2:30-3 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Eagle Gym at Methow Valley Elementary School, 18 Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop.

Jean Koreski’s sixth-grade exploratory class is planning the assembly, which includes poetry, music and speeches by veterans. Willy Duguay will play “Taps” to close the assembly.

Second-graders created a bulletin board where students can recognize relatives who served the country.

Nespelem

A veterans powwow, organized by the Colville Confederated Tribes and Nespelem American Legion Auxiliary Unit 114, is planned at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road.

The event begins with a grand entry. Naming, giveaways and rejoining ceremonies are planned. Outgoing royalty will be honored and winners of the Americanism contest will be announced.

The powwow continues at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 with a grand entry and special dances. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. A second grand entry is at 7 p.m., followed by a veterans honor dance at 8 p.m.

• The Colville Confederated Tribes’ Veterans Day memorial ceremony and dinner will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 at the tribal veterans memorial monument, 1 Colville St.

The event includes a presentation of the colors by a tribal color guard and other veterans, opening prayer by Soy Redthunder and laying of wreaths.

Speakers include Colville Business Council Veterans Committee Chairman Andy Joseph Jr. and other council members and Darlene Wilder of Nespelem American Legion Auxiliary Unit 114. An open microphone session is planned.

Yvonne Moses, auxiliary chaplain, will give the closing prayer. The color guard and other veterans will retire the colors.

An honor dinner is planned afterward in the Nespelem Longhouse off state Highway 155 north of town.

Okanogan

• Okanogan Middle School’s Veterans Day assembly will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in the school cafetorium, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

The event includes guest speaker Doug Cline, an Okanogan graduate, and a musical tribute by the middle school choir and video honoring veterans.

Trisha Bradley’s English classes are putting together a display.

“We really would love for our local veterans to attend,” Bradley said. A special seating section is planned for veterans.

• A program, planned by the fifth-grade honor choir, is planned at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave.

Each grade level will sing a song, and other songs are planned. Posters will honor students’ family members who have served in the armed forces.

• A Veterans Day dinner will be from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Okanogan Eagles Club, 1820 N. Second Ave.

Veterans eat for free; there’s a charge for guests.

The menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn and a salad.

Omak

• East Omak Elementary School plans an assembly at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in the school gym, 715 Omak Ave.

Girl Scouts will present the colors and those assembled will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Students will learn why Veterans Day is celebrated. Other patriotic songs will be presented.

Three staff members — Steven Duncan, Leland Barnett and Diana Litehiser — will be recognized as veterans. Duncan and Barnett were in the Army; Litehiser was in the Air Force.

Visiting veterans will be recognized.

• North Omak Elementary School will host a Veterans Day assembly at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 8.

The ceremony will feature Omak High School students who are Air Force cadets, life skills teacher Nancy Bishop said.

The ceremony is expected to last about 45 minutes.

The school is located at 615 Oak St.

• Omak Middle School will observe Veterans Day at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

The music department, under the direction of Don Pearce, is planning the event.

A speaker will talk about the importance of Veterans Day and of serving community and country.

Patriotic music is planned.

A reception for veterans is planned afterward in the school library.

Oroville

An assembly for all district students will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 8 in the high school gym, 1008 Ironwood St.

Veterans are invited. The American Legion will participate.

Pateros

An assembly is planned at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in the school gym, 344 Beach St.

The band and choir will perform. First- and second-graders and the high school U.S. history class will contribute.

American Legion Post No. 97, Brewster, will present the colors.

Republic

• The Leo McCormack American Legion post will participate in the Republic School’s Veterans Day program, starting with breakfast at 8 a.m. Nov. 8 at the school, 30306 state Highway 20.

An assembly will follow.

• A Veterans Day dinner will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Republic Eagles Club, 42 Knob Hill Road.

Veterans eat free.

Tonasket

The high school associated student body will host an assembly from 9-10 a.m. Nov. 8 in the school commons, 35 state Highway 20.

Veterans are encouraged to bring items for display on a memorabilia table.

Refreshments will be served from 8:45-9 a.m. by the student body and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

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