Veterans Day

Free Breakfast for Veterans at Mill Creek Pub

Mill Creek Pub is celebrating its sixth anniversary by honoring veterans! The popular restaurant and taproom in Battle Ground will celebrate its sixth year in business from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a special breakfast where Veterans and active duty military dine for free. The restaurant won’t be serving its usual brunch menu that morning, but will instead offer a pancake, egg, and sausage meal at no charge to veterans and active duty (military ID required). Other guests will pay $11 for the meal.

Each year on the pub’s anniversary, owner Russell Brent gathers the coins from the “wishing well” at the base of the restaurant’s water wheel and donates it all to a local nonprofit organization. This year’s recipient is Battle Ground Education Foundation. Established in 1994, the Battle Ground Education Foundation is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools. The foundation was created as an independent organization working to support local schools through programs and resources designed to enhance student opportunities.
 Funds raised through individual donations, service organizations, and local businesses are paid forward in the form of support for individual students as well as school projects and programs.

There will also be an online contest on the pub’s Facebook page where guests are encouraged to guess the amount drawn from the well. The guest with the closes guess will win a $100 gift certificate from Mill Creek Pub. To see Mill Creek Pub’s menu, and for hours and directions, visit www.millcreekpub.com. Mill Creek Pub is located at 1710 S.W. 9th Ave., Suite 101, in Battle Ground. Reservations are available by calling 360-723-5223 and a private room is available for large parties, as is patio seating when the weather is nice.

Mill Creek Pub Honors Veterans

Mill Creek Pub is celebrating its sixth anniversary by honoring veterans! The popular restaurant and taproom in Battle Ground will celebrate its sixth year in business from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a special breakfast where Veterans and active duty military dine for free. The restaurant won’t be serving its usual brunch menu that morning, but will instead offer a pancake, egg, and sausage meal at no charge to veterans and active duty (military ID required). Other guests will pay $11 for the meal.

Each year on the pub’s anniversary, owner Russell Brent gathers the coins from the “wishing well” at the base of the restaurant’s water wheel and donates it all to a local nonprofit organization. This year’s recipient is Battle Ground Education Foundation. Established in 1994, the Battle Ground Education Foundation is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit community organization whose purpose is to leverage community resources to help maintain quality education for all students in Battle Ground schools. The foundation was created as an independent organization working to support local schools through programs and resources designed to enhance student opportunities.
 Funds raised through individual donations, service organizations, and local businesses are paid forward in the form of support for individual students as well as school projects and programs.

There will also be an online contest on the pub’s Facebook page where guests are encouraged to guess the amount drawn from the well. The guest with the closes guess will win a $100 gift certificate from Mill Creek Pub. To see Mill Creek Pub’s menu, and for hours and directions, visit www.millcreekpub.com. Mill Creek Pub is located at 1710 S.W. 9th Ave., Suite 101, in Battle Ground. Reservations are available by calling 360-723-5223 and a private room is available for large parties, as is patio seating when the weather is nice.

Above image: detail from original photo by Tyler Mode, known for his nature and sports photos. See more of Mode’s work at www.naturespixpdx.com.

Harvest Gold Veterans Day Concert at the Old Liberty

On Saturday, Nov. 11, there will be a rock-n-roll benefit concert at the Old Liberty Theater to commemorate two events: Veterans Day (Nov. 11) and Neil Young’s birthday (Nov. 12). The concert will begin at 7 p.m. with Billy C. Wolf opening by performing the music of Bob Dylan, then Neil Young tribute band Harvest Gold will play until 9 p.m. Before and during the first set, a silent auction will be held in the theater lobby, with all proceeds going to the American Legion of La Center. The American Legion is the biggest veterans’ service organization in the United States—run by veterans, for veterans since 1919.

In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans and active service members will be given free admission. General admission is $12. Harvest Gold plays the music of Neil Young, spanning his 50-plus year career with songs by Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crazy Horse, and Neil’s solo material, as well as hits by similar bands from the same era. Get your tickets (free or general admission) online at www.HarvestGoldNY.com, in person at the Old Liberty box office, or by calling 360-887-7260. For more information, call Mona Bean at 360-831-4316.

For more information about upcoming events and concerts at the Old Liberty, visit www.oldlibertytheater.com. The Old Liberty is located at 115 N. Main St. in dowtown Ridgefield. Beer, wine, espresso drinks, pastries and other snacks are available from Seasons Café in the theater lobby.

Veterans’ Ceremony & Parade

The Historic Trust invites you to mark Veterans’ Day with the 31st annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony and Parade on Saturday, Nov. 11. The parade will be preceded by the Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. in the Providence Academy Ballroom, 400 E. Evergreen Blvd, presented with support from the Community Military Appreciation Committee and Columbia Credit Union. The ceremony will feature Reviewing Officer, Colonel Pirak, as the keynote speaker. Local veterans will be recognized, and the 2017 Grand Marshals of the parade, Commander Yvette Brown-Wahler and Ryan Corcilius, will be honored for their service to our community and our country. Attendees may view the parade after the ceremony from limited covered seating on the Academy lawn.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the community celebration honoring veterans of all service branches. This is a free, community event that is open to the public. View the 2017 lineup here.

The parade route begins on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site at Evergreen Blvd. and E. Reserve St. The parade heads west along Evergreen Blvd., past Officers Row and the Providence Academy. At the Vancouver Community Library, the parade will head south down C St. and turn west on 8th St. From 8th, the parade will turn north on Main St., and head east on 11th St., ending back at the Providence Academy. Attendees are welcome to watch the parade from the sidewalks, grass, and covered areas along the parade route.

Explore for Free in Honor of Veterans Day

A fee-free day (or weekend) is when forests, parks, refuges, and rangelands offer free entry or waive the standard amenity fee for visitors, so whether you have an annual refuge pass or just pay the $3 fee when you visit Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, you get this weekend off. That means its free to enter the refuge on Friday, Nov. 11, Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13. The refuge is open from dawn until dusk, every day.

“We honor our veterans each Nov. 11 and every other day of the year,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that this day will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver is also offering a fee-free day just for Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day—as are all national parks. Other federal land management agencies that will offer fee-free days in 2016 are the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service. You can click on the links for each agency for details about free days.

Photo credit: Eve Turek, courtesy of the USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System

Fee-free days at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, Fort Vancouver

A fee-free day (or weekend) is when forests, parks, refuges, and rangelands offer free entry or waive the standard amenity fee for visitors, so whether you have an annual refuge pass or just pay the $3 fee when you visit Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, you get this weekend off. That means its free to enter the refuge on Friday, Nov. 11, Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13. The refuge is open from dawn until dusk, every day.

“We honor our veterans each Nov. 11 and every other day of the year,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. “We hope that this day will serve as a way for our veterans and other visitors to find our national forests and grasslands as a year-round respite, a place where they can take time out for themselves.”

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver is also offering a fee-free day just for Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day—as are all national parks. Other federal land management agencies that will offer fee-free days in 2016 are the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service. You can click on the links for each agency for details about free days.

Operation Pillow Talk

The National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has teamed up with Operation Pillow Talk, a local community project to help lift the morale of active military service members. This project is in its fifth year of designing, sewing, or dyeing pillowcases for deployed military personnel. Over the course of 2016, community residents, sewing clubs, Girl Scout troops, senior living centers, elementary school teachers and students have contributed to this project.

The resulting pillowcases will be shipped to troops around the world in time for the holidays. Before they are shipped, they will be displayed inside Pearson Air Museum’s historic hangar on Nov. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Through the generosity of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, this year’s event will provide an area for visitors to decorate a pillowcase and write a note of encouragement to slip inside. On Saturday, Nov. 5, folk music and storytelling will also be provided throughout the day. All are encouraged to attend this free event before or after the Veteran’s Day Parade, which starts at 11 am.

The staff at the State of Washington Community Services Office and Home and Community Services started Operation Pillow Talk in 2012. These staffers continue to coordinate and volunteer their time in support of this project. Operation Pillow Talk’s pre-shipment display of pillowcases has taken place at Pearson Air Museum—part of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, located at 1115 E Fifth St. in Vancouver—since last year. This new location has made it possible to open up the project to the entire community, and to allow more people to participate and decorate pillowcases.

Operation Paperback

Postal Connections #180—a locally owned Hazel Dell business that offers shipping, mailbox rental, printing and gifts—is partnering with Operation Paperback to send reading material to active troops and veterans. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the owners and staff of Postal Connections are encouraging community members to “Share Your Story” in a book donation drive through Friday, Nov. 11.

Postal Connections, located at 7720 N.E. Hwy. 99, is seeking gently used paperback books from local residents, businesses and community members. Books must be in reasonably good condition, and suggested genres include action, bestsellers, biographies and memoirs, fantasy, history, mysteries, science fiction, and true crime. Children’s books, educational books and homeschool materials are also welcome for military families.

Operation Paperback is a national, non-profit organization, whose volunteers collect gently-used books and send them to American troops overseas, as well as veterans and military families here at home. Since 1999, Operation Paperback has shipped over 2.2 million books to all of the orange countries on the adjacent map. In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at U.S. Airport transit points. The organization also offers free shipment of books to any military family. To learn more, visit www.operationpaperback.org.

Wild and Free

The U.S. Forest Service will waive fees at local day-use recreation sites on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day. Fees will also be waived at U.S. Forest Service recreational sites all over the Northwest. This includes picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which stretches from the Columbia River to the Cowlitz River. Fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits still apply.

Did you know that no fees are charged—at any time, ever!—on 98 percent of national forests and grasslands? Plus, about two-thirds of developed recreation sites in national forests and grasslands can be used for free. So there are loads of places where you can go wild and free! If you’ve got a destination in mind and you want to find out if there’s a fee, go online to www.recreation.gov.

The Pacific Northwest Region consists of 16 national forests, 59 district offices, a national scenic area, and a national grassland comprising 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington and employing approximately 3,550 people. To learn more about the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, visit www.fs.usda.gov/r6.

Above image: Trail 37 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, looking towards Mt. Hood.

Veterans Day Ceremony

The event features keynote speaker Major General Leslie Burger, U.S. Army Ret. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, State Representatives Paul Harris and Monica Stonier, Vancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt, and Colonel John Sweeney, Commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division. Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide the rifle salute, taps and color posting. Dove release will be provided by Jadia Ward’s Bright Eyes Dove Release. Officer Rey Reynolds will sing during the ceremony and Retired Col. Larry J. Smith, co-chair of CMAC, will emcee the event.

 

Fee-free Day at Forest Service Parks

Day-use fees at most U.S. Forest Service recreation sites on the North Bank (and, indeed, in the whole Northwest) will be waived on Tuesday, Nov. 11, to celebrate Veterans Day. The fee-free day honors U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. Regular day-use fees are used to maintain maintain the recreational sites on which the fees are collected.

In additional to parks, the fee-free day covers picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Sadly, fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits won’t be waived and concessions operations will also continue to charge fees, supporting the old adage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. On Veterans Day, however, the Northwest’s most glorious outdoor spaces are all yours to enjoy during the day, for free. For more information on specific fee sites, such as Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, visit www.fs.fed.us.

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

The Community Military Appreciation Committee (CMAC), a civic nonprofit organization, will present Vancouver’s Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) at 15005 N.E. 65th St. in Vancouver. CMAC has organized this event with help from its sponsor, Columbia Credit Union, for the last four years. Beginning at 9:45 a.m., the AFRC will have an open house with refreshments and veteran service activities with the celebration of service following at 11 a.m. Kids activities will be available for families with children.

The event features keynote speaker Major General Leslie Burger, U.S. Army Ret. Other speakers include U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, State Representatives Paul Harris and Monica Stonier, Vancouver Mayor Timothy Leavitt, and Colonel John Sweeney, Commander of the 2nd Brigade 95th Division. Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide the rifle salute, taps and color posting. Dove release will be provided by Jadia Ward’s Bright Eyes Dove Release. Officer Rey Reynolds will sing during the ceremony and Retired Col. Larry J. Smith, co-chair of CMAC, will emcee the event.

All CMAC events are privately funded. CMAC is an all-inclusive group composed of members representing youth, education, civic, military, veterans groups, and local governments. CMAC organizes community events such as the Memorial Day, Veterans Day, High School Salute, and POW/MIA Day ceremonies, in addition to its support of local military families of all services. To learn more, visit www.cmac11.com.

Free Parking on Veteran’s Day

Day-use fees at most U.S. Forest Service recreation sites on the North Bank (and, indeed, in the whole Northwest) will be waived on Tuesday, Nov. 11, to celebrate Veterans Day. The fee-free day honors U.S. veterans, members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. Regular day-use fees are used to maintain maintain the recreational sites on which the fees are collected.

In additional to parks, the fee-free day covers picnic areas, boat launches, trailheads, and visitor centers. Sadly, fees for camping, cabin rentals, heritage expeditions, or other permits won’t be waived and concessions operations will also continue to charge fees, supporting the old adage that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. On Veterans Day, however, the Northwest’s most glorious outdoor spaces are all yours to enjoy during the day, for free. For more information on specific fee sites, such as Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, visit www.fs.fed.us.

Above photo courtesy of Mount St. Helens Institute.