Local Veterans Day events


Daybreak Middle School to host drive-thru event for veterans 

Daybreak Middle School in Battle Ground will hold a drive-thru event to honor veterans from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Veterans who drive through the parking lot will be greeted by students who will also present a small gift.

The event is being held on Wednesday, Nov. 10 because there is no school on Veterans Day. 

Daybreak Middle School is located at 1900 NW 20th Ave. in Battle Ground.

Other schools in the district are also preparing their own events to honor men and women in uniform.

Tukes Valley Primary students created a video of patriotic songs and over 500 flags will adorn classrooms on Nov. 20, while the Laurin, Amboy and Chief Umtuch middle schools, as well as Prairie High School, are preparing their own videos to show to students and families. 

Battle Ground High Schools’ Air Force Junior ROTC cadets will provide pre-recorded color guard ceremonies for several schools and will also attend events in Vancouver and Ridgefield on Nov. 11. 

CAM Academy will hold a virtual assembly on Nov. 9. It will feature songs from students, a history of Veterans Day, a poem and stories from parents who served in the military.

A full list of offerings is available on the district’s website. 

Ridgefield to hold Veterans Day event

The community is invited to a Veterans Day event in Ridgefield at Overlook Park and the new overpass.

The event will start at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11. 

The American Legion Post 44, the city of Ridgefield, Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue, the Battle Ground Junior ROTC, the Ridgefield High School choir and first responders will take part. 

“We welcome the entire community to experience this heart warming event,” stated a social media post. “Experience a patriotic uplifting program with songs and rifle salute.”

Veterans Day  ceremony to be held  at Artillery Barracks

The Historic Trust and the Community Military Appreciation Committee will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The free public observance will include words of tribute by guest speakers, musical performances by local schools and military displays. Keynote speakers this year include Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, Vancouver Police Department Assistant Chief Troy Price, and 1st Sergeant Michael Robertson, U.S. Army, retired.

The outdoor event will be held at the Artillery Barracks at 605 Hatheway Road in Vancouver. The limited tented seating area can accommodate 150 people. 

People who attend the event can go see the “Fighting for the Right to Fight Exhibit: African American Experiences in WWII” exhibit before or after the ceremony in the Artillery Barracks.

The exhibit, hosted by The Historic Trust, will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. and will reopen once the ceremony has ended. The exhibit will be free to view on Veterans Day. 

Battle Ground to release video tribute for Veterans Day

The city of Battle Ground will release a video tribute to honor and recognize the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

The video will be filmed at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial, which was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2015. The memorial includes the names of 31 veterans who died in service to the country engraved on the wall.

“During troubled times, one can look at our nation’s history for examples of sacrifice, compassion and reconciliation,” said Deputy Mayor Philip Johnson on the city’s website. Johnson retired from the U.S. Army. 

Anyone interested in visiting the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial can do so seven days a week. It is located at Kiwanis Park at 422 SW Second Ave., in Battle Ground.


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