Health rules prohibit a parade this Veterans Day, but several local traditions that involve safe public gatherings are still going on today. Here are a few:
In normal times, we’d be lining Yakima Avenue today, getting ready for the annual Veterans Day parade.
Aside from social groups like college fraternities and sororities, it can be tough to find settings where true camaraderie can grow. People serving in the military, however, often develop bonds for life.
John Thomas was still a youngster in the late 1930s when he hightailed it out of Nome, Alaska, at the beginning of World War II. He and a group of buddies working there heard rumors of a possible attack on the region by Japan.
Fred Camerer is a Vietnam veteran. He’s 74. This is his 18th year heading the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars parade in downtown Yakima.
Since retiring from the military, Judith Kendall has become an integral part of Yakima County as its senior manager of human resources.
Veterans Day events are planned throughout the weekend up and down the Yakima Valley, including the annual parade through downtown Yakima.
It’s been 75 years since Staff Sgt. Jack Pendleton sacrificed himself for the men in his infantry squad when they were pinned down by a German machine gun nest.
Tim Gatton, the newly appointed commander of Yakima VFW Post 379, said every generation has an event they’ll remember forever. For him, that day is Sept. 11.
Donald Thaxton, 88, spelled his last name and gave his branch of service: retired, U.S. Army, as he pointed to his hat. A video camera recorded what he said in a downtown Yakima conference room.
Once again, members of a Yakima-based Army Reserve unit will get together and recall their time in Vietnam.
Those who call WorkSource Yakima can press “4” if they’re a veteran looking for work.
Virginia Beavert appreciated the help, but cheerfully insisted she could stand on her own behind the lectern on the Legends Casino events center stage.
Transitioning out of military service can be difficult, especially for those who experienced trauma during their time in uniform.
As superintendent of the Mabton School District, Joey Castilleja wears dress slacks, a jacket and tie most days. He occasionally dons his Army National Guard uniform, which prompts talk and second looks.
“The first time my students see it, it really throws them off,” he said. Some of the little kids comment. “Oh, you’re an Army man,” they say.
Gilbert Calac of White Swan had never spoken of his 15 months serving in the U.S. Army in war-torn Vietnam until he testified before a room of state lawmakers in 2013.
On a cold February afternoon, a handful of pallbearers pulled the casket of Frankie Reye Alexander from a hearse and placed it over his final resting place at Tahoma Cemetery.
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Jim Dyjak grew up in a family with a rich military tradition.
Editor’s note: This story is part of a yearlong series about veterans in the Yakima Valley. On the 11th of each month, the Yakima Herald-Republic will talk to area veterans about their experiences and explore connections in the community. If you have a story idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org…
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