Veterans Corner: Veterans Day events on tap

A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 11. at the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Port Angeles. The gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m. Col. Thomas Johnson, USMC (retired), is the speaker. Wear warm clothes because the ceremony is in the hanger. There will be music in addition to speeches. Please come and pay tribute to our veterans.

And in Gardiner …

There will also be a ceremony at Gardiner Cemetery at 11 a.m. This is where Medal of Honor recipient Marvin Shields is buried. There will be a U.S. Navy presence from Bremerton. This ceremony is outside under a tent, so dress warmly.

Candles for U.S. Marine Corps

The 242nd Marine Corps’ birthday will be celebrated by the Marine Corps League Mt. Olympus Detachment on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Sequim Elks Club. All are invited. Please contact Quartermaster Kathy Nichols at 360-460-2431 or for more information or RSVP. Happy Birthday, Marines!

Dine at American Legion

The Jack Grennan Post 62 of the American Legion will be holding a dinner at the Post at 107 E. Prairie St., Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. On the menu is prime rib. All veterans and their families are welcome. Call Commander Carl at 360-775-1477 for more information and to RSVP.

Toys for Tots

The 2017 Toys For Tots campaign is underway in Clallam County. Last year the program issued over 7,000 toys, books and stocking-stuffers to 3,185 children throughout the county.

The mission of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program is to ensure all children receive a gift at Christmas. The Clallam County program is coordinated by the Marine Corps League’s Mt. Olympus Detachment.

There will be a collection at the Sequim Walmart on Fridays and Saturdays after Thanksgiving through Dec. 16. The Sequim American Legion Post 62 will assist. The toys must be new and unwrapped. No clothes or bicycles. Most needed are things for teenagers. Money donations are welcome.

To request a toy, to become a toy donation site or to volunteer please visit or call Steve Deutermann at 360-477-2913. Thank you for your participation.

DAR meeting

The Michael Trebert Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will hold their Wednesday, Nov. 15, meeting at the Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles at 10:30 a.m. Guest speaker is Christie Johnston of Johnston Farms in the Sequim Valley. She will speak on organic farming and what the farm is doing. All who are interested in tracing their family history back to the American Revolution are welcome. Contact Regent Carol if you have questions at

Tribute comes to PA

The Captain Joseph Foundation is bringing the National Traveling Memorial Tribute Towers, “Remembering Our Fallen,” to the Captain Joseph House, 1108 S. Oak St., Port Angeles, from Dec. 8-11. It will be open 24 hours a day. This is a photographic war memorial that honors our country’s military fallen from the War on Terror. It includes both military and personal photos. The National Memorial was unveiled Sept. 7, 2017, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Assistance is needed to pay for the display coming, for guard shifts, etc. If you can help, contact the Captain Joseph House at 360-460-7847. See more at

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; MOAA & DAR, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold,; Voices For Veterans, John Brasch,; VFW Neil Gamroth,