Bob Hamerly and Harley Brumbaugh shake hands at the Mount Si Senior Center after not having seen each other in some time. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Snoqualmie Valley honors veterans Thursday and Friday with community events

  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 2:29pm
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Veterans were honored all around the Valley last week with multiple events in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City and Carnation.

Veteran’s Day events began in the Valley last Thursday, Nov. 10, with Mount Si High School’s assembly, which invited local veterans out to the event to meet students and share their stories. Athletic Director Ray Wilson introduced the assembly with a short video highlighting the men and women in who serve in the military.

The invited veterans shared their names, when they served and what division of the military their served in. Some Mount Si High School teachers who served in the military spoke to the students as well. Senior Austin Ross also shared his story of growing up with a parent in the military.

Local artist Michael Reagan spoke at the event as well, detailing his work drawing portraits of fallen soldiers, the Fallen Heroes Project.

On Friday, Nov. 11, Snoqualmie Valley Senior Center in Carnation held a free breakfast for veterans sponsored by the Duvall Rotary Club.

Mount Si Senior Center continued the day’s programming with a luncheon featuring speakers from the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church and the Mayor of North Bend, Ken Hearing.

Hearing honored the veterans attending the event and spoke about his own experiences with military service. The senior center also held a raffle and featured clothing created by the center’s Yarn Therapy Group for families of veterans.

At the luncheon, Hearing received applause when he announced that the city was planning to incorporate a veteran’s memorial as part of the design of their new city hall.

Some of the honorees at last Friday’s Veterans Day breakfast were, from left: Russ Beighley, Air Force; Frank Mitter, Air Force; Herb Altmann, Army; and Al Rush, Navy.

Member of the Duvall Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 411 worked together to put on a free breakfast honoring veterans at the Sno-Valley Senior Center Friday. Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Placemats decorated by students from a local elementary school were part of the festive table arrangements at the Sno-Valley Senior Center’s Veterans Day breakfast Friday.

Rotary volunteer Louisa Harm, right, checks in Fred and Mary Blair, new to the Carnation community, for breakfast on Veterans Day.

Diane and Ava Lindstrand of North Bend arrived in Carnation on Veterans Day with roses to present, along with their thanks, to veterans following the breakfast.

Sandy DuVall, a Rotary volunteer, talks with Calvin, Nate, Janya and Glen Veranth at the breakfast.

George Board and Jim Roetcisoender swap stories outside the Veterans Day breakfast in Carnation. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

At the high school assembly, Mike Hodge talks about his service in Vietnam and said he was honorably medically retired after losing his legs in 1968. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Mount Si High School’s Athletic Director Ray Wilson introduces the invited veterans to the students and plays an introductory video for the school assembly. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Senior Austin Ross delivers a moving speech at the Mount Si High School assembly about his experience growing up with a father in the military. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Mount Si High School’s band teacher Matt Wenman spoke about his time in the National Guard before leading the jazz band in a performance of “America the Beautiful.” (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Veterans Casondra Brewster, Rich Collingwood and Mike Bryant shake the hands of Mount Si High School Students who they formed a line to thank the veterans for their service. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing picks Harley Brumbaugh to choose a winner of the Veteran’s Day raffle at the Mount Si Senior Center. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Member of the Duvall Rotary Club and Boy Scout Troop 411 worked together to put on a free breakfast honoring veterans at the Sno-Valley Senior Center Friday. (Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo)

Eva Lindstrand stands outside the Mount Si Senior Center’s front doors and gave out roses to the veterans leaving the building. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

North Bend Mayor Ken Hearing honors the veterans and their families who attended the Mount Si Senior Center luncheon. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

World War II veterans Walt Wyrsh and Bob Hamerly share their stories of the past at Mount Si Senior Center. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

Mount Si Senior Center’s Yarn Therapy Group and the American Legion Auxiliary made clothing for the children and families of veterans. (Evan Pappas/Staff Photo)

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