Multiple events planned across county to celebrate veterans

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Posted 11/10/21

 

 

The public is invited to join Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Northwest at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 to honor the historic service of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class …

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Multiple events planned across county to celebrate veterans

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The public is invited to join Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Northwest at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 to honor the historic service of Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Marvin G. Shields at the Gardiner Cemetery.

Shields was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 for his heroic actions near Dong Xoai, Vietnam in 1965. Shields is the only Navy Seabee to have received the Medal of Honor.

The cemetery is at 137 Gardiner Cemetery Road.

In Blyn, all Native veterans and their families and supporters are also welcome to join Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Veterans Representative Albert Fletcher at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at the Jamestown Veterans Memorial, just east of the Tribal Administration Building.

Native vets will receive giveaways; contact Fletcher in advance at 360-434-4056 so sufficient outdoor facilities can be planned in case of rain.

In Port Townsend, the American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post No. 26 will be commemorating Veterans Day with a program beginning Thursday, Nov. 11.

The Port Townsend Summer Band will open the event at 10:40, with a ceremony at 11 a.m. A potluck lunch will follow.

This event is open to the public, and seating is limited to 150 people, first-come, first-served. Guests are asked to use the entrance near the corner of Water and Monroe streets. The post is at 209 Monroe St.

In Quilcene, all veterans are invited to a special Veteran’s Day assembly Friday, Nov. 12 at the Quilcene Gym.

Coffee will be provided at 9:30, with lunch to follow after the assembly at
10 a.m. in the Quilcene multipurpose room. The Quilcene school is located at 294715 US Highway 101 in Quilcene.

Also in Port Townsend, the Port Townsend Elks Lodge is hosting a fundraising dinner event in honor of Veterans Day.

The event will be held at 555 Otto St. Saturday,
Nov. 13. Suggested meal ticket for lasagna, garlic bread, salad and desert is $20. Cocktails start at 4:30, dinner at 5 p.m., and a fundraiser auction at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets online at https://form.jotform.com/212708095819160, or call 360-385-0317 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday .

And online, the Las Positas College Veterans First Program welcomes all to join a special virtual conversation with Pearl Harbor survivor and Navy veteran Michael “Mickey” Ganitch from 11 a.m. to noon
Nov. 11. 

Ganitch, who will turn 102 on Nov. 18, was on the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The event is free, but watchers need to RSVP. A Zoom link will be emailed before the event.

The Las Positas College Veterans First Program in Livermore, California provides support services to those who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces, and dependents and spouses of veterans. In addition, they provide other resources and contacts, such as career planning, financial aid, transition counseling services, and other needed services for returning veterans.

RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/veterans-day-speaker-pearl-harbor-survivor-mickey-ganitch-tickets-19067200409.

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