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Dinners, parade honor vets

By Jennifer Henion

Triplicate staff writer

Veteran's Day Festivities started Friday night in the Veteran's Memorial Hall on H Street with a turkey dinner, and are continuing today with a parade and then a spaghetti dinner, in the evening.

"Everyone in Del Norte County is invited. The parade is open to everyone who would like to walk, march or ride behind these honored veterans," reads an invitation from the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce.

Drums, horns and flutes of the Del Norte High School and Smith River School bands will march along with many veterans of wars fought in the last 50 years.

Four grand marshals will lead the procession. They are Warren Barnts of the U.S. Army Air Corps of World War II, James McGill of the U.S. Marine Corps of the Korean War, Michael Robb of the U.S. Army of the Vietnam War and Matt Bier of the U.S. Army of the Desert Storm conflict.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Ninth and H streets and proceeds south down H Street.

Any person or group wishing to march in the procession may do so by simply showing up at 9 a.m. at the starting line-up.

Organizers will be on the scene. People in wheelchairs who want to be in the parade will be assigned a helper.

The Trees of Mystery donated more than 100 small American flags for marchers and bystanders who want to wave one.

The dinners are free to veterans and their families, but non-veterans are charged a small fee.

The money collected will be used to complete the veterans' memorial at the Crescent City Harbor under the new garrison flag.

Kiwanis, Rotary and Elks clubs are hosting Monday's dinner which features a program of speeches and songs and tributes to the American flag.

Commander Jeff Ogden of the U.S. Coast Guard in Arcata is the keynote speaker and local attorney and Vietnam veteran Bob Cochran is the master of ceremonies. Jeremy Wood will sing the Star-Spangled Banner and Kirk Brown will give a tribute to the flag.

"Try to attend this dinner, folks. The last one was a real tear-jerker," said organizer Craig Bradford.

 


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