On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month: Eugene Veterans Ceremony
EUGENE, Ore. -- It's a ceremony that happens on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
VFW Post 293 and the American Legion in Eugene held its traditional ceremony Sunday to honor our veterans.
Filling the room were vets who served in conflicts ranging from WWII through Afghanistan.
Guest speakers included State Senator James Manning, who is a veteran himself: "There are other support elements that are also needed, so please do not look at your services as, well, since I didn't duck a bullet or an explosion, I shouldn't be recognized…that is not true - you must be recognized and you are recognized.”
Nick Urhausen has been organizing the event for years and says it's tradition.
He says he now truly understands the meaning on being a veteran after all these years: "I have always been proud, actually, when I went into the service I didn’t know what a veteran was, but I have learned since, and then I belong to four or five different veterans’ organizations.”
Urhausen says he served in the Korean War and in Vietnam, in 1965 and 1966.