Etcetera - 12/16/11

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Deployed troops will get some holiday cheer courtesy of Abajian Motor Sales.

The Eastgate business, in partnership with Charter Media and the History Channel, hopes to provide soldiers and their families with fun, safe entertainment through DVDs.

Abajian will also host a special ceremony honoring those in the military on Saturday.

Anyone can bring new and gently used DVDs to Abajian at 606 N. Wilbur St.

The DVDs will be packaged and sent to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in January, said Christine Erb, senior Charter Media account executive, in a release.

"Our hope is that everybody will dig deep and bring in their gently used or new DVDs, so we can help make our soldiers feel more at home while off protecting our country."

Abajian will also celebrate Military Appreciation Day with a service rifle performance by the Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard.

The community-wide ceremony will be 10 a.m. Saturday in the dealership parking lot.

The National Guard will be on hand to showcase one of its military vehicles.

Individuals may bring DVD donations to the celebration, or drop them off at any time until the end of the year.

For more information on the MAD ceremony, contact Darrel Huntley at Abajian, 509-525-1920. For more information about Charter Media or for additional DVD drop off locations, contact Christine at 509-525-0676.

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One of U-B photographer Jeff Horner's photos made it onto the website for The News amp; Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

His is one in a series of 30 photos depicting the Wreaths Across America program under way around the nation.

The U-B published Jeff's photo of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jesus Granados as he saluted the gravesite of a fallen soldier. He had just placed a wreath on the marker Dec. 10 at Mountain View Cemetery on South Second Avenue.

Jesus joined other military personnel, family and civilians at the cemetery, bringing Wreaths Across America here for the first time.

To see the photos online, go to tinyurl.com/cnopt3s.

Contact Annie Charnley Eveland at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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