Sunday, November 12, 2017
Veterans Day Celebrations
I am proud to be a veteran and come from a family with many veterans. Our son, Tom, is currently serving and it is a great source of pride for us.
I braved the cold and the rain yesterday to go to the Veterans Day ceremony and parade. The ceremony was at The Academy which was a new venue for this year. In the past it has been outside the Marshall House on Officers Row. It was nice to be warm during that portion of the celebration anyway. The weather elements could not be avoided for the parade but at least it wasn't pouring. More like a heavy drizzle. Always interesting to see all the different veterans organizations and all the Boy and Girl Scouts. I think there were 45 different scouting groups in the parade.
In the evening, Bill and I joined our friends Jeff and Julie who host a Veterans Day dinner every year. Our numbers have dwindled over the past several years. This year it was just 8 of us all together. Jeff's mom and dad live in an assisted living community on the Willamette River so we had dinner at the restaurant there this year. It was actually quite lovely and the food was really good. So it was an evening with good food and good company. It was a great way to celebrate "our day".