Cannons return among Veterans Day events in area


Two of four French G.P.F.155 mm cannons that returned to Walla Walla with the local National Guard unit at the end of World War I will be dedicated Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Walla Walla Park.

Two of the cannons were dismantled for their metal during World War II.

The remaining cannons, restored with the efforts of the "Loose Cannon Committee," are installed at the Myra Road entrance to Fort Walla Walla Park as a World War I Memorial.

The guns "will stand in honor of the men and women of that war and the Walla Walla Guardsmen of the 146th Field Artillery Regiment, a Washington National Guard unit, that brought them home, according to a news release from the Fort Walla Walla Museum.

World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, but the armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day in November 1919.

Here is a roundup of other events around the region:

Dayton -- 7-10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11. Free breakfast for all area veterans, at American Legion Hall, East Clay Street, Dayton. Donations accepted. The color guard will visit the Booker Rest Home at 10:30 a.m., then convene at the cemetery for a ceremony honoring Katherine K. Applegate Dussaq, one of 38 Women's Air Force pilots killed in the line of duty during World War II. Dussaq was born in Dayton, graduated from Harrington High School and Whitman College. She died in 1944 when her plane crashed in New Carlisle, Ohio.

Dayton -- 2:45 p.m., Veteran's Day Program, at the flag pole in front of the High School for grades 7-12.

Dayton -- 8:45 a.m. Veteran's Day Assembly, grades K-6, Elementary School multipurpose room.

Pomeroy -- 9 a.m. Thursday, Veteran's Day Assembly. Voice of Democracy Speakers read and judged. High School Cafetorium.

Prescott -- 8:30 a.m. Assembly at the flagpole, all grades. 2 p.m. Veteran's Day Parade.

Waitsburg -- 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. High School Auditorium, grades 6-12. Students will present history of Veteran's Day. Music by high school band.

Waitsburg -- 9:30 a.m., Veteran's Day Assembly, Elementary School, grades 2-6.

WW Public Schools

Berney -- Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.

Berney K-5 students will celebrate in song, dramatic play, dance and speech to tribute Veterans of present and past. Veterans are invited to attend and be guests and then be recognized and appreciated by our students. A Table of Glory will provide an opportunity for students to display loved ones military photo, name and how they are related to a student at Berney.

Edison -- Tuesday, Music teacher Ronda Gabbard has planned a musical tribute program for grades K-5.

Green Park -- In music class, grades 3, 4, and 5 are learning all of the songs of the branches of the military. Classroom activities include stories, read alouds, flag activities, and writing exercises all centered on Veterans Day.

Prospect Point -- Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Veterans Day assembly. The choir will sing and a short program will be presented to honor veterans.

Sharpstein: Students and staff will do a musical salute to veterans during morning exercise.

Garrison will have a Veterans Day assembly. As part of that assembly, students may share names of family members who have served in the Armed Forces.

Pioneer -- Today, 2:10 p.m., Veterans Day assembly will include the WWHS ROTC presentation of color; ROTC rifle team will perform a demonstration; a short video as a tribute to Veterans Day, Taps played by a student; a Colonel from the Corp of Engineers will address the students and staff; Superintendent Carter will recognize district staff who are veterans and he will share other Veterans Day activities taking place in the school district.

Lincoln Alternative High School -- Tuesday, Veterans Day Assembly. Local veterans will be honored with a plaque from Lincoln High School to thank them for their service. Staff and students will also prepa re a large card for students to sign that will be delivered to the VA Medical Center.

Walla Walla High School -- Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., Veterans Day Assembly for all students.


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