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Events planned for Veterans Day

A variety of events are planned in the Rogue Valley to honor veterans this week.

In Jackson County, the following events are scheduled:

Monday

• Veterans, active and reserve members of the military are invited to a Veterans Appreciation Meet and Greet from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the New Beginnings Christian Center, 270 W. Evans Creek Road, Rogue River. The event is in the fellowship hall. 

Call 541-582-0563 for more information.

Tuesday

• Veterans Affairs is hosting a ceremony starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in the facility's theater at 8495 Crater Lake Highway, White City.

The guest speaker is Col. Gregor Leist, vice commander of the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field In Klamath Falls.

The program also includes salutes to veterans and active duty military, a remembrance of those who have died, music by the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band, a Native American honor song and posting of the colors by the Young Marines.

A social from 11 a.m. to noon features a children's patriotic activity booth, information booths on available veteran services and refreshments.

For more information, call Rhonda Haney at 541-830-7585.

• A Veterans Day concert is being held Tuesday evening at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave. Admission is by donation.

Starting at 6 p.m, the Martin Behnke Sextet will play jazz and big band music of the 1940s, with room for dancing. At 7 p.m., the Southern Oregon Concert Band will honor and remember, through music and ceremony, those who have served and who are serving the country.

There will be a special commemoration of Vietnam era veterans with the first-ever Rogue Valley performance of Robert W. Smith's "Mekong." The program also includes marches by John Philip Sousa, a medley of American tunes by Stephen Foster and Richard Rogers' "Highlights from South Pacific" and "Victory at Sea." The centerpiece is the traditional "Armed Forces Salute" comprising the five service songs.

For more information, contact Diane Barnes at 541-708-0365 or socbprez@jeffnet.org.

• The Rogue River Veterans of Foreign Wars, 410 E. Main St., is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Visitors will be served free hot dogs, baked beans and chips while they last. Military memorabilia, including uniforms, will be on display, and American flags will be for sale.

Weather permitting, post members will place American flags across the bridge and all around the town of Rogue River. For more information, call the post at 541-582-0689.

In Josephine County, the following events are planned:

Tuesday

• The Rogue Valley Young Marines will serve a free breakfast to all veterans from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Young Marines headquarters, 3345 Merlin Road in Merlin.

The meal includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and beverages.

• A Veterans Day ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Josephine County Veterans Walk of Honor and Memorial in Merlin Community Park, 100 Acorn St., put on by the Grants Pass Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 2302.

The keynote speaker is Bert Key, past department commander of Oregon VFW, with local Post Commander Chuck DeLore sharing some words. Civil Air Patrol cadets will present colors, Boy Scouts will present a flag retiring ceremony and Rogue Valley Young Marines will participate.

A vocalist will perform patriotic songs, including the national anthem and "God Bless America," and there will be a reading of names recently added to the memorial's granite-paneled pillars.

For more information, call DeLore at 541-787-0380.

• A special service is planned just inside the main entrance of Newman United Methodist Church, at Sixth and B streets, at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Vietnam veteran Jim Woods will give a brief history of Armistice Day — the original name given to recognize the end of the hostilities of World War I — and he'll read "No Man's Land," a poem by Eric Bogle reflecting on the grave of a young man who died in WWI.

Participants will be invited to offer prayers for those affected by all wars — including military veterans and their families — and for peace and an end to war. The church bells will be rung to symbolize the bells that were rung throughout Europe on Nov. 11, 1918.

For more information, call Woods at 541-956-5287.

• Members of the American Legion will be selling commemorative poppies throughout Grants Pass on Tuesday.

Saturday and Sunday

• The Grants Pass VFW is holding its monthly meeting and breakfast this weekend, both at the Redwood Grange, 1830 Redwood Ave.

The meeting is at 10 a.m. Saturday. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children.

The menu includes ham and eggs, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and beverages.