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Ways to honor our vets


November 8, 2017

This week it’s all about our much deserving Military Veterans and the several ways to honor them.

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (11 a.m., Nov. 11) at the Lyle Park, Roberta Tuthill, Valedictorian of Lyle’s Graduating Class of 1941 (all five students), is heading up a Commemoration of the 99th year of WWI Armistice Day of 1918. A Presentation of the Colors by Scout Casey Mendert, a junior and member of the Leadership Committee from the Lyle Secondary School, will open the celebration. The MC will be Pastor Les Haarstad, assisted by Pastor Robert Smith. Speakers include Kenneth Scotts about the Civil War and possibly 94-year-old Roberta herself. After the ceremony, there will be an escort, to lead those interested, to the Lyle/Balch Cemetery to also honor all military veterans buried there. In addition the Twin Bridges Museum, in view from the park, will open its doors to share their ever-growing military display of Lyle’s own veterans.

Next is the annual Veterans Day Parade in The Dalles, also starting at 11 a.m. on Sixth and Webber Street and proceeding through downtown.

Another is the Grand Opening of the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum, from 2 to 4 p.m. with the ribbon cutting at 2:30 p.m. Afterwards join the Legion next door for a family spaghetti feed at 203 East 2nd Street in The Dalles.

Then Maryhill Museum salutes veterans and active military by offering free admission to both groups every Veterans Day.

Plus the English Handbell Choir of Hood River Valley Christian Church, directed by Mary Anne Parrett, will play Honor Bells in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center at 11 a.m., followed by “America the Beautiful” and a few other honorific songs.

I’m sure there are many more ceremonies here in the Gorge; and ways to honor our military—for without them we would have no rights, no opportunities, no freedoms, and no America.

On a different note: if you like helping to improve organizations and what is important to your community, and participate in surveys, have I got a deal for you! There are two I have found. The first is about our Lyle School and can be found at The school is asking parents and students to take a survey about their overall school campus environment. It’s called the Educational Effectiveness Survey (EES), and it will provide our staff and leadership valuable information and feedback about our school environment. They plan to use the data to help shape the district, team and individual goals. The other is about Klickitat & Lyle Against Substance Abuse Coalition. If you are 18 or over, please take a moment to complete their community survey and help them learn how they can best serve our community. The information they get from this survey helps select programs, strategies, and services that are the best fit for our community. Their survey is available at: Please only take the survey once per person. Their next coalition meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5 to 6:30 the Klickitat Community Center, and all are welcome.


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