Veterans to be honored around the Mid-Columbia this weekend

November 8, 2013 

Saturday, Nov. 9

-- The 14th annual Regional Veterans Day Parade in West Richland is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Van Giesen Street, starting at 62nd and Grosscup and continuing to City Hall. A chili feed follows at Flat Top Park.

-- The Columbia River Young Marines invite veterans to its annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Kennewick Senior Center, 500 S. Auburn, Kennewick. The dinner will feature spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert and is free of charge to veterans and their families. This dinner is an activity where the Columbia River Young Marines demonstrate their appreciation for veterans’ service. The unit will also march in the Veterans’ Day Parade in West Richland on Saturday morning. For more information go to www.crym.org or call 582-9208.

Monday, Nov. 11

-- The 9th annual Prosser Thank You Vets Parade and free breakfast is at 11 a.m. Monday starting at Keene-Riverview Elementary School, 832 Park Ave., and heads through downtown Prosser. Breakfast is served to veterans and their families from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Walter Clore Center, 2140 Wine Country Road, courtesy of the Prosser Memorial Hospital Foundation.

-- Columbia Basin College will dedicate the new Veterans Monument on Veterans Day at 11:11 a.m. The monument is in the center of the CBC Pasco campus between the HUB and the L building. Dedication ceremony speakers will include CBC student, Michael Stoker, Marine Corps veteran; ASCBC President, Dennise Lazaro; 4th District Congressman, Doc Hastings, Army veteran; CBC Board of Trustees Chairperson, Duke Mitchell, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, retired; CBC anthropology professor, Mark Taff, U.S. Navy veteran; and CBC President, Rich Cummins. Following the ceremony, attendees will be invited to tour the new Veterans Center in the HUB.

-- American Legion Post #34’s annual Remembrance Day event will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the City View Cemetery in Pasco at the Veterans Memorial Site. Edgar Hargrow will give the seven-minute keynote address entitled: “Freedom Is Not Free.” Hargrow, a professional speaker and longtime Tri-Citian, is a Vietnam War veteran, a recipient of the Bronze Star with a military connected disability.

Other veterans events

-- Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Pasco, Kennewick, Sunnyside, Moses Lake and Walla Walla will donate $1 from every drink sold on Monday to the Wounded Warrior Project.

-- Kennewick’s Texas Roadhouse invites veterans and active members of U.S. military to enjoy free lunch Monday. Every Texas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in the free lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces. All veterans — active, retired or former U.S. military — can choose one of 10 entrees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd. Proof of service includes military or VA card, or discharge papers. The public is invited to enjoy a free download of the song “Pride of America” by Nashville recording artist, Ayla Brown at www.texasroadhouse.com.

-- The three Tri-City Applebee’s restaurants will be serving free meals to veterans and active duty military from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday. Applebee’s expects to serve more than 1 million free meals from its special Veterans Day menu of seven signature entrees. Veterans may wear a uniform or bring in a military ID. Tri-City locations are 606 N. Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick; 43 Columbia Point Drive, Richland; and 5305 N. Road 68, Pasco.

The restaurant is also encouraging guests to show their gratitude by leaving a message for current and former military members at ThankYouMovement.com. Visitors to the website will be directed to their local Applebee’s Facebook page, where messages will be tallied and tracked in real time on the Thank You Movement site. On Veterans Day, the Applebee’s community with the most Thank You messages will win a free concert in their city for veterans from Gavin DeGraw, platinum singer-songwriter. Guests can also submit Thank You messages by using the hashtag #ThankYouMovement on www.facebook.com/applebees, @applebees on Twitter or on Instagram and YouTube.

-- For The Heroes, a veteran appreciation event, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick. Festivities include free haircuts for all active/reserves/retired veterans. Food will be available and all proceeds from the event will go to the Wounded Warriors Project.

-- Harvest Home Veterans’ Day Breakfast at Quail Run, 8 a.m. MondayNov 11, Quail Run Retirement, 1701 Plaza Way, Walla Walla. Veterans free, all others $5; 509-529-2180. Area vets & the public are invited to a Harvest Home Veterans’ Day Breakfast. Attendees will be honored for service to America across the past seventy years. Vets may then attend a seminar on the VA’s Aid & Attendance benefit.

-- Trips to Washington state parks, including Pasco’s Sacajawea State Park, do not require a Discover Pass on Veterans Day.

-- Veterans Day Open House/Coffee & Cookies., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday Nov 11, McAllister Museum of Aviation, 2008 S. 16th Ave., Yakima. Free. Info: 509-457-4933 Free refreshments for all visitors and special veterans-related displays.

-- All veterans receive free admission to the Experience Music Project at Seattle Center on Veterans Day. The EMP Museum is at 325 Fifth Ave. N. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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