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Veterans 2023
Veterans 2023
Community Celebration Honoring Our Veterans a Huge Success! (Photo) - 11/18/23

AMBOY, WASHINGTON 

The event co-hosted by North Clark Historical Museum and Mt. Valley Grange #79 was attended by 102 guests, including 24 veterans.  The program was hosted by Debbie Zitt, President of NCHM, and David Johnson, President of Mt. Valley.  A Pie and Ice Cream Social was held prior to the meeting.

The veterans were recognized individually for their service with info on their branch of service and when and where they served.  Special attention was given to Elaine Fletcher, Army Nurse, who served for 3 years in the South Pacific in WWII.  Elaine will turn 104 in December. The Patriotic Quilt, donated by the Chelatchie Quilters, was won by Veteran Gerald “Jerry” Johnson. The Patriot Quilt can only be won by a Veteran. A gift package, for veterans only, was donated by The Wild Bean and Nick’s Bar and Grill.

The colors were presented by members of the American Legion Tum Tum Post 168.  A moving rendition of the National Anthem was sung by Danae Castle.  Danae then sang “God Bless America”.  An amazing performance.

Members of the 7th & 8th grade band from Amboy Middle School, directed by Jeremy Gallagher, provided entertainment with a medley of songs from each branch of the service and a medley of patriotic songs.

The Guest Speaker was Ron Brandon Sr., Troutdale, OR, who served in Vietnam. Ron spoke of his career and his time spent in the military.  He spoke on how all branches of the service supported each other and were committed to protecting the United States of America. Ron brought an incredible word challenging everyone with the question “ What are YOU doing right now to support your Veterans?” He heads up a support group called Point Man Ministries that helps all Veterans, First Responders, and anyone who may be dealing with stress, PTSD, and trauma. 

The organizational speaker was Ro Yancey, Events and Outreach Coordinator, Pomeroy Living History Farms.  The Pomeroy family purchased the farm in early 1910.  The current farm portrays life from an earlier time. Educational programs and community events are offered throughout the year.

The Museum Raffle Quilt was won by John Rowe Cushing. Door prizes were handed out, and a lively pie auction ended the evening. Proceeds from the Pie & Ice Cream Social and the Pie Auction go to Mt. Valley Grange #79 for operating expenses.  Proceeds from the Quilt Raffle go to North Clark Historical Museum’s Capital Improvement Fund and proceeds from the Door Prize Raffle go to NCHM General Fund.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and helped make it a huge success!                                                                    

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The North Clark Historical Museum was founded in 1988 and is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. The doors were opened in June of 2000. Mission Statement:   To preserve North Clark County’s natural and cultural history through collections and exhibits, and to sponsor educational programs and research opportunities for the enrichment of the public. 

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