Vets' events planned today
It's Veterans Day, and activities from breakfasts to speeches to parades and concerts are planned around Southern Oregon.
Public school students are out of school for the day, and post offices, libraries and banks are closed.
Here's a schedule of events:
— 7 a.m., Pioneer Hall, 73 Winburn Way, Ashland, American Legion community breakfast.
— 7:45 a.m., Royal Oak Retirement Residence, 2180 Poplar Drive, Medford, free breakfast for veterans and their families. Speaker will be veteran senior consultant Bill Shockey. RSVP at 779-0790.
— 9 to 10 a.m., Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial, Don Jones Park, Hamrick Road, Central Point, ceremony with speakers including retired Marine Corps Col. David Dotterrer and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Tom Humphrey. Kristy Lee Cook of "American Idol" fame will sing the national anthem, and the Crater High band will perform.
— 9 a.m., Lester Street, Cave Junction, American Legion Post 70 ceremony at City Hall.
— 10 a.m., U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics, 8495 Crater Lake Highway, annual ceremony featuring U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, keynote speaker Linda K. Sindt, a retired Air Force colonel and Vietnam War-era veteran and a memorial tribute to Oregonians who have died in Afghanistan or Iraq, along with a patriotic performance by the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band.
— 10 a.m., Deer Creek Cemetery, Lakeshore Drive, Selma, dedication of veterans memorial by American Legion Post 70 Auxiliary.
— 11 a.m., Main Street, Medford, annual Veterans Day parade from Hawthorne Park west to Oakdale Avenue. Organizer Tim Garr said the small parade probably will last no more than 20 minutes.
— 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Commuter Resource Center, Stevenson Union, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, reception and networking for veterans.
— 11 a.m., Eagle Point Veterans Memorial Park at Eagle Point covered bridge, plaque dedication featuring several speakers and the Eagle Point High School Band.
— Noon, Rogue Cafe, Rogue Valley Medical Center, Barnett Road, Medford, unveiling of employee veterans' board. All employees who are veterans are invited to post on the board, which will be next to the existing display of RVMC employees or family members currently serving in the military. Refreshments will be served.
— Noon to 5 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars, 410 E. Main St., Rogue River, open house with hot dogs and refreshments, including a toast to veterans.
— 1 to 3 p.m., Room D, SOU's Campbell Center, 655 Frances Lane, program on "How the Allies Won World War II."
— 2 p.m., Medford Veterans Memorial Park, corner Highway 99 and Stewart Avenue, ceremony featuring retired Marine Corps Col. David Dotterrer as speaker.
— 4 p.m., Meese Meeting Room, Hannon Library, SOU, free slide show on veterans by photographer and SOU student Richard W. Balzer.
— 4 to 6 p.m., Scottish Rite Center, 955 N. Phoenix Road, Medford, Young Marines of Southern Oregon's annual Veterans Day dinner. Reservations must be made by calling 890-7622.
— 6:30 p.m., Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, free concert with the Southern Oregon Concert Band and the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers.