Weekend events honor veterans

Veterans Day on Monday will be recognized with parades and other events starting Friday.

Peering over her "We Love Our Veterans" sign, Cloe Evans, 7, watches the Veterans Day Parade travel down Main Street in Walla Walla Friday. Krystal Beckman, 5, (not pictured) holds the sign to the left and Kadesha Minzghor, 11, holds another sign to the right.

Peering over her "We Love Our Veterans" sign, Cloe Evans, 7, watches the Veterans Day Parade travel down Main Street in Walla Walla Friday. Krystal Beckman, 5, (not pictured) holds the sign to the left and Kadesha Minzghor, 11, holds another sign to the right. MATTHEW B. ZIMMERMAN

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WALLA WALLA — As the Veterans Day holiday approaches, those who have served will be honored in a number of ways.

On Friday, the Walla Walla High School Battalion and the Associated Student Body will present an assembly dedicated to honoring those who have served in the military, as well as those who serve today.

Veterans Day events

FRIDAY — Walla Walla High School assembly to honor veterans. Event will begin at 9 a.m. at high school’s main gym.

SATURDAY-MONDAY — Fort Walla Walla Museum will admit veterans and spouses without charge. U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites for veterans.

MONDAY — Veterans Day parade in Walla Walla. Event scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Walla Walla County Courthouse, 315 W. Main Street, and proceed east to Palouse Street.

Veterans Day parade in Milton-Freewater. Event scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at South Main Street and Eighth Avenue and proceed north to intersection of Main Street and Columbia Street.

The groups are inviting all veterans in the community to join the students in the assembly, which will begin at 9 a.m. in the Walla Walla High School main gym.

There will be reserved and handicapped parking. Information is available by calling Lt. Col. Bill Bialozor at 527-3035.

Fort Walla Walla Museum, which is currently running The Civil War: Battlefield to Home Front, featuring connections to Walla Walla people and places, will admit veterans and spouses without charge between Saturday and Monday.

In addition to the Civil War exhibit, the museum also features exhibits on the area’s regional military heritage, including an entire gallery devoted to the theme of soldiers and native Americans.

On Monday, two parades are planned, one in Milton-Freewater and one in Walla Walla. Both are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

The Milton-Freewater parade will start at the intersection of South Main Street and Eighth Avenue and proceed north to the intersection of Main Street and South Columbia Street. Information is available from the Milton-Freewater Elks Lodge at (541) 938-3633.

In Walla Walla, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 992 will host a parade through downtown Walla Walla.

It will start at the Walla Walla County Courthouse, 315 E. Main St. and go east on Main Street to Palouse Street, where participants will disband.

People who would like to take part in this year’s parade are asked to call the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 992 at 525-1310 or Don Schack at 386-3564.

Owners of Mini-Coopers are also invited to join the Walla Walla procession. Drivers are asked to call Don Wager at (509) 240-0523 to let him know they are coming. Drivers are asked to assemble at the courthouse by 10 a.m. Monday.

This year’s parade marshal is retired U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ken Nicoles who served from 1943 to 1968, a 25-year career.

During his time in the service, Nicoles flew 35 missions over Japan in World War II as a crew member in the B-29 Superfortress.

Among his decorations, Nicoles was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, five Air Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Earlier on Veterans Day, the VFW Post 992 and American Legion Post 32 will host a free breakfast for veterans starting at 7 a.m. at the VFW post, 102 N. Colville St., in Walla Walla.

Lunch for children in the parade will be provided at the Elks Lodge on Rose Street immediately after the event while veterans and guests will have lunch at VFW Post 992 on Colville Street.

There will also be a dinner for veterans at 5 p.m. Monday at the VFW post for a $10 charge. Korean War veterans will be honored at this year’s dinner.

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are waiving fees at most day-use recreation sites over the Veterans Day weekend in honor of U.S. veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces.

Concessionaires operating day-use facilities have the option of waiving fees. Fees are not waived at campgrounds or for recreation rentals.

Andy Porter can be reached at andyporter@wwub.com or 526-8318.

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