Honor all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and your interpretation of the freedom they give us on Saturday, November 11 by participating in one of Portland’s many fun holiday events. We’ve rounded up everything from runs to parades to volunteer activities and more. Read on for all of the best celebrations and remembrances are for patriots of all ages.
photo: Zachary Long via flickr
A Race To Remember – Veterans Day Race 2017
Grab your little speed racer and get ready for great seasonal run. The name of this race and a military non profit were founded in Vancouver in 2009 by Claudia Cardenas in honor of her late fiance Jason Vinyard who was a 20-year Army Veteran stationed in Fort Vancouver WA at the time of his passing. It reminds communities to never forget everything that our brave men and women of the military and their families do to continue to protect our freedom. There are several different courses for all ages and abilities. Your youngest athlete will love the little hero race. Check out the course maps for the 1K, 5k and 11K online.
Pricing: $25 for Little Heroes, 1K—Individual Age group/open to $55
Sat Nov. 1`1 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fort Vancouver National Park
1501 E Evergreen Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
Lough Legacy Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver
Celebrating its 31st year in 2017, the Lough Legacy Veterans Parade is one of the largest parades sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on the entire west coast. The parade annually attracts more than 120 entries, with about 2,500 participants marching or riding in the parade. The annual event is changing things up with a new route this year to include more of downtown Vancouver. A pre-parade Veterans Day ceremony put on by The Historic Trust and Community Military Appreciation Committee starts at 10 a.m. in the Providence Academy ballroom. Check out the Parade map ahead of time.
Saturday Nov. 1`1 10 a.m. ceremony, 11 a.m. parade (begins at the east end of Officers Row at East Reserve Street)
The Historic Trust
750 Anderson St A
Vancouver, WA 98661
photo: Natalie H. via Yelp
Thankful to everyone who has served our country as well as the families who support them, the Oregon Zoo offers free admission for veterans, active military personnel and any accompanying family members or family members of deployed military personnel. These guests, who are asked to supply official military identification, will also receive 10% discount at the zoo shop and at all food and beverage locations. The Portland Japanese Garden will also give free admission to veterans and active military personnel who show official military identification. Check out today at the zoo to see what’s happening on Veterans Day.
Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
Photo: Erik Ludeks via flickr
Donate or Get Involved
Support local veterans past November 11 by donating your money and or your time! Consider making a donation to the Returning Veterans Project,they offer free counseling and health services to post-9/11 veterans in Oregon and Washington, or to the Portland VA Fisher House, which provides a home away from home for families of hospitalized veterans. Or think about helping your kids or their classes, clubs or sports teams launch a Wounded Warrior Project Student Ambassadors fundraising campaign to help support free services for wounded veterans, their families and their caregivers.
Know of another event or way to honor our veterans? Let us know in the comments below!
— Kris Wilhelmy