Jets flying overhead in Canyonville and a parade through downtown Roseburg will highlight two days of Veterans Day events in Douglas County.
Veterans Day falls on Sunday this year, but the annual Roseburg parade will start at 11 a.m. Monday. The parade committee chairman, Mike Hendricks, said organizers decided to hold the parade Monday because the day will be the official federal holiday and so that the parade won’t conflict with church services.
The parade’s theme is, “Honoring those who so nobly served the cause of freedom.”
The parade will start from the Douglas County Central Library parking lot. An awards ceremony will follow at the Douglas County Courthouse Annex, 1134 S.E. Douglas Ave.
Veterans Day was formerly known as Armistice Day and occurs on the date World War I ended in 1918. The battlefield truce took effect at 11 a.m.
On Sunday in Canyonville, Veterans of Foreign Wars 5714 will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the VFW memorial in front of City Hall. Seating starts at 10 a.m. Seating is limited.
Oregon Air National Guard pilots based in Klamath Falls are scheduled to fly over the ceremony at 11:30 a.m., weather permitting.
In Tri City, American Legion Post 123 will hold its third annual disposal ceremony for worn American flags at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 252 S. Old Pacific Highway.
Post 123 Second Vice Commander Rich Garnsey said he expected to dispose of almost 200 flags.
The post will serve veterans a free breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the memorial building. Donations will be accepted and will go toward paving the Roseburg National Cemetery parking lot.
The Douglas High School band will present its annual Veterans Day performance at 7 p.m. Sunday at Jacoby Auditorium on the Umpqua Community College campus in Winchester. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at While Away Books, Hanson Jewelers, Sutherlin Drug, Harrison’s Hardware or Sandy’s Book Nook. This year’s theme is “Guardians of the Dream” and will feature the symphonic band and choir.
In Roseburg, Boy Scout Troop 56 of Melrose will host a 24-hour vigil at the Roseburg National Cemetery. The vigil will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday morning and conclude at 8 a.m. Monday. The public is invited to bring candles and participate.
Doug Fir District Executive Director Chris McCullough said the Scouts are excited for the chance to honor veterans.
“It’s fairly unique as far as we haven’t seen something like this here,” he said.
Also in Roseburg, Earle B. Stewart American Legion Post 16 will host its annual Veterans Day breakfast 7 to 10 a.m. Monday at 406 S.E. Oak St. The breakfast is free to veterans. Donations will be accepted.
The Roseburg Accordion Club will play patriotic music from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Kruse’s Farm, 532 Melrose Road, Roseburg. Shasta Ray and His Downhome Band will also perform.
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