As Veterans Day approaches, several special events are planned to honor veterans. Events and activities include:
•The annual Veterans Day Breakfast is Friday at 8 a.m. at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395.
Sponsored by the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, the free event features breakfast, guest speakers, a slide show and a presentation by the VFW Honor Guard, Dance Unlimited Troupe and the Hermiston High School choir. The guest speakers include Rep. Greg Smith and Ron Jardine, a Vietnam veteran. All veterans, family members and friends of veterans are invited to attend. (541-567-6151 or email@example.com).
•A free Veterans Day S.O.S. Lunch is being offered Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chuckwagon Cafe, 81027 N. Highway 395, Hermiston. The free meal is available for all active and retired veterans and immediate Gold Star family members. Assistants who transport disabled veterans to the meal can also eat for free. People are invited to bring medals, photos, memorabilia and stories to share. (541-567-6329).
Local veterans will be honored during a program Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sam Boardman Elementary School, 301 Wilson Road. Veterans and a guest are welcome to stay for a free lunch at 11 a.m. (541-481-7383).
•Veterans will be honored Thursday during events organized by the Echo School District. The activities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade starting in front of the school on Gerone Street. It will continue down Main Street, circling around and returning to the school. At 1 p.m., there will be an assembly in the school’s gymnasium. It features speakers, music and recognition of veterans. For questions or to provide veteran information, contact Billie Parker or fill out a card upon arrival in the foyer. (541-376-8436, firstname.lastname@example.org).
•Due to a change in the school calendar, plans are still being made for a Veterans Day celebration (541-449-3851).
•Oregon Grain Growers Brand Distillery is hosting a Veterans Day Weekend Tribute at 511 S.E. Court Ave. It features a military museum with memorabilia, vehicles, curios, uniforms, relics, movies, officer’s club tent and more. Current military personnel and veterans will receive a 50 percent discount on their meal. Also, special activities are featured each day: Friday from 4-9 p.m., 16 mm film footage from World War II; 9-11 p.m., screening of “Alone We Fight,” which features scenes shot in Oregon using local WWII memorabilia. Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., an officer club tent with drink specials, military movies throughout the day, WWII veteran Bob Stangier will speak. Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., museum open and military movies. (541-276-0070).
•All veterans and military personnel are invited to a free Veteran’s Day Buffet Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Traditions Dining at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. It’s located off Interstate 84 Exit 216. Military ID or proof of service is required. Non-military guests may purchase a buffet. (www.wildhorseresort.com).
•A special Veterans Day program is Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Pendleton Pioneer Chapel Veterans Memorial Garden, 131 S.E. Byers Ave. (541-276-1221).