Events across Mid-Columbia honor vets this week

By Tri-City Herald staff November 10, 2011 

The Mid-Columbia is finding all kinds of ways to honor veterans. The following is a list of events during the week:

Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College will offer several activities honoring veterans through Veterans Day. All events are free and open to the public.

-- Today: meet CBC student veterans; 10:30 a.m. to noon on the HUB stage.

-- Friday: national roll call of those who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; 11 a.m. at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Prosser parade

The seventh annual Prosser Thank You Vets Parade is at 11 a.m. Friday. All are invited to join the parade. Lineup begins at 10:15 a.m. near Keene-Riverview School and follows the traditional States Day route.

Veterans, organizations, youth groups, family and friends of current or former military are welcome to participate.

For more information, call Deb at 509-778-1820 or 1944 or email neorblonde@yahoo.com or the Prosser chamber at 509-786-3177.

Appreciation dinner

Tri-Cities Elks Lodge #2755 will play host to a Veterans' Appreciation Dinner on Friday at 15 S. Colorado St., Kennewick. A free spaghetti dinner will be served to veterans. Cost for spouses and guests is $8. Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. with a program to follow.

Guests this year include the Washington State University Veterans Club and Vincent DeLiso, a World War II veteran and prisoner of war in Germany.

Friends and other area veterans are welcome -- you do not need to be a member of the Elks to attend. There are seating limitations, so RSVP by contacting the Tri-Cities Lodge office, Monday through Friday, at 735-6035, or email elks2755@frontier.com.

Book signing

Gary A. Fisher of Richland, who served in the Air Force and in the Navy and Army reserves, will be signing copies of the 183-page book he edited which features his cousin's World War II diary, At the Closing of a Day: The Diary of Sgt. Merle Alan Fisher Company B, 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 1st Marine Division 1942-1944.

Fisher will bring the original diary and photographs to the event, which is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ragtime Antiques Mall in the Uptown Shopping Center at 1331 George Washington Way, Richland. Copies of the book will be available for sale for $18. Books and e-editions also are available at Amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

Veterans Day breakfast

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce is organizing a Veterans Day breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. It is free to all veterans and their families.

There will be a short program, including a presentation by the Honor Guard, speaker Dean Hackett, a message from Mayor Bob Severson and Mark Johnson will play taps.

All veterans and family members should RSVP to the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce at 541-567-6151.

Donations for veterans

Columbia Basin College students and the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition need donations to stock the veteran transition home, The Wagenaar-Pfister Transitional House.

Requested items include sponges, light bulbs, toothpaste, razors, coffee and tea, and other household goods.

Drop-off locations are Columbia Basin College and the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition, 1600 N. 20th, Pasco.

WSU Tri-Cities

A week full of veterans-related events will help students and community members learn about veterans issues and opportunities at Washington State University Tri-Cities. Also, note that no classes will be held Friday. WSU Tri-Cities is at 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

All events during the week are open to the community and are free unless otherwise noted.

-- Today: Veterans Day Ceremony, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., West Atrium. The event includes a panel discussion on Veterans Succeeding in Higher Education.

-- Friday: Veterans Club Association and Support members and the WSU Tri-Cities Office of Veterans Affairs are taking part in the National Roll Call. This reading of the names of all military personnel lost in Iraq and Afghanistan starts at 11 a.m. at the Veterans Monument site at WSU Tri-Cities (outside the East Building, at the corner of Crimson Way and Sprout Road). The event is expected to last up to six hours. The WSU Tri-Cities campus is closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day, so access to amenities is limited.

-- Friday: Spaghetti Feed, from 5 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 15 S. Colorado St. (behind the flashcube building at the corner of Clearwater Ave.), Kennewick. Cost is $10. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Veterans Monument at WSU Tri-Cities.

-- Saturday: Veterans Ball, 6 p.m., Terra Blanca Winery on Red Mountain. This black-tie event includes music, dinner and a silent auction to benefit the Veterans Monument. Co-sponsored by ASWSUTC and the VCAS. Tickets cost $10 per student, $30 per student with nonstudent guest, and $30 each for others. Purchase tickets at the door or in advance by Thursday at the WSU Tri-Cities cashier's window, East 254.

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