Veterans Day events in Western Oregon


EUGENE, Ore. - Veterans Day traces its origins to November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m., when the Allies announced an end to hostilities with Germany in what we now know as World War I.

The first observation of "Armistice Day" was Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of the war.

A Congressional resolution in 1926 made Nov. 11 an annual observance, and in 1938 it became a national holiday.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower later signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor veterans who served in all American wars.

Communities across Oregon plan special observations of Veterans Day, and many businesses offer free or reduced-cost goods and services to veterans in honor of their service.

For example, Starbucks is offering a free tall coffee to veterans on Veterans Day.


The Lane County Historical Museum will host an opening for the Oregon Historical Society's new traveling exhibit "What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?" The exhibit examines the prejudice that Japanese American veterans from Hood River, Oregon experienced upon their return home from serving our country in World War II.

The Lane County Historical Museum is located at the Fairgrounds, 740 W. 13th Ave., Eugene. Admission is free to active duty military personnel, veterans and their families on November 11.

Other Eugene events:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - A Roll Call of the names of more than 4,800 fallen U.S. military members who have died while serving in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom will be read at the University of Oregon's Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater.

11 a.m. - The annual "11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month" ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Bldg., 1626 Willamette St. Guest speaker: Jay Hall, Commander, American Legion Post 3. Nathan Fendrich, Post 3 Historian, will show a history presentation about the "Great War" - World War I.

7 p.m. - A new full length documentary, "Forgotten Heroes: An Honor Flight Story", premieres in the Valley River Inn's Willamette Room. It chronicles the May 2014 trip to Washington DC by 48 area World War II veterans. Tickets are $10 and available at the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, Springfield Chamber of Commerce and Travel Lane County locations.


New Image car wash will honor all veterans and military personnel with a free car wash on Veterans Day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 526 Harlow Rd. in Springfield.


6:30 to 9:30 a.m. - All you can eat Pancake Breakfast at West Albany High School Cafeteria, 1130 SW Queen Ave. Cost: Adults $7; Veterans or Military in uniform, and children under 12; $4.

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. - Memorial Service at Timber Linn Park includes: Guest speakers, laying of Gold Star and POW/MIA wreaths, "Oregon's Own" 234th Army Band, a howitzer salute, Echo Taps.

9 to 11 a.m. - Biscuits, Gravy, Sausage, Coffee Breakfast at Eagles Aerie #2255, 127 Broadalbin St. NW. Cost: $4.

11 a.m. - The biggest Veterans Day Parade west of the Mississippi travels through downtown. Theme: "Veterans - Heroes at Home." Grand Marshals: World War II veterans. More than 200 parade entries all honor and salute our veterans.

2 p.m. - Awards Ceremony begins 20 minutes after the parade ends, Linn County Courthouse, 300 4th Ave. SW.


The Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road, Newport, will give free admission to veterans and active duty military personnel on Nov. 11. Family members who accompany them are eligible for a 10 percent discount. Families of active duty military personnel also are eligible for the discount, even if the person serving is not present. The aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, go to or call (541) 867-3474.


11 a.m. - Service honoring all veterans at the Elks Club, 1686 12th St.

Noon - The Three Rivers Casino & Hotel's buffet will serve all U.S. military veterans a complimentary lunch from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Veterans need to bring proof of service.

1 p.m. - The 9th annual parade runs through Old Town. Grand Marshals: Women Veterans. All patriotic groups and individuals are welcome to participate and support our service men and women. Free lunch provided for veterans at several local restaurants.


7 to 10 a.m. - Free breakfast for veterans and their families will be served at American Legion Post 16, 406 SE Oak. Donations accepted.


8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Breakfast will be served by American Legion Post 34 and the Coos Bay Eagles at the Post, 1421 Airport Way.

6 p.m. - Free dinner for veterans and families with a social hour, 5 p.m. Cost: $6. Location: 568 S. 2nd St.


7 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Breakfast is served at Bay Area Post 34, 1421 Airport Way. Cost: $7.

6 p.m. - Eagles Aerie 538 hosts 34th annual free dinner for all veterans and families, 568 S. 2nd. Social Hour at 5:30 p.m


11 a.m. - Tri-City VFW Post 9744 will honor all veterans during an annual event at City Hall, 250 N. Main St. Hear patriotic choir music. Refreshments will be served.

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