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Tri-City events planned to honor veterans

West Richland's annual Veterans Day Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 with an anticipated 100 entries, including local military youth groups and bands.

John Lee, Washington state director of veterans affairs, will be the grand marshal.

A Vietnam War veteran and retired Army command sergeant major, Lee was appointed in November 2005 by Gov. Chris Gregoire. His responsibilities as agency director include advocacy and outreach for the state's 670,000-plus veterans and their families, in addition to overseeing three veterans homes throughout Washington.

The U.S. and state Veterans Affairs departments have designated the West Richland event as a Veterans Day Regional Site.

The annual parade, which goes along West Van Giesen Street, is organized by the West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. A chili feed, sponsored by Combat Veterans International, will follow at the Flat Top Park pavilion.

For more information, call 967-0521.

Other Veterans Day events include:

-- A compilation of more than 2,000 photos tells stories of war and home from a soldier's perspective in an exhibit opening Nov. 10 at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

The cloud collage illustrates a new way that some veterans are transitioning back to civilian life by sharing their experiences visually.

The exhibit of photos and words by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans called Life After War: Soldiers' Stories opens during a Veterans Day ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Richland campus. The event was coordinated by photographer Jim Lommasson of Portland.

The images come together to make the whole story of the veteran -- the same camera that captures the smiles of loved ones and majestic hometown sunsets also contains images of the depravity of war and the stress of combat. Parental discretion is advised for children.

Lommasson will speak at the opening. A veterans resource fair also is planned starting at 3 p.m. Both are in the West Building Atrium, 2710 Crimson Way.

Admission is free and the exhibit is open through Nov. 22 during building hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The number of veterans enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities has grown from 36 in 2007 to 115 this year. Veterans make up 7 percent of the student body.

-- Students and staff of Jason Lee Elementary School in Richland are inviting veterans and their spouses to participate in a Veterans Day assembly at 9:15 am. Nov. 10.

Veterans attending are asked to wear their uniforms and to arrive from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. to sign in, have their pictures taken and enjoy coffee and doughnuts. For more information, call 967-6475. The school is at 1750 McMurray St.

-- Orchard House in Grandview invites veterans to attend a Veterans Day celebration from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

Orchard House, a senior living community, will provide a free lunch to local veterans and their families. The home is at 2001 W. Fifth St., near Butternut.

For more, call 509-882-4400 or go to www.alcco.com.

-- The Tri-Cities Elks Lodge No. 2755 will hold a veterans appreciation dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the lodge, 15 S. Colorado St., Kennewick.

Dinner is free to veterans or $7 for others and is open to all ages. A short commemorative program will follow the dinner.

For reservations, call 735-6035, or e-mail elks2755@ frontier.com.

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