The theme of the 2018 Albany Veterans Day parade will be “A Century of Valor — WWI to Present Day,” marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
Al Severson, chairman of the Veteran of the Year program, said that since Veterans Day falls on Sunday, the parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 10.
“I really encourage people to nominate our veterans,” he said. “It makes me sad to see an obituary that says a veteran has died and they weren’t recognized for their service to our country while they were alive.”
“One veteran will be chosen from the mid-Willamette Valley, who has stepped up and quietly stood out within their community through their volunteer efforts since their separation from military service,” he added. “We are looking for someone who has served both their country and community with honor and distinction.”
Severson said he is surprised that few nominations come from Sweet Home, since the community is home to many veterans and recently initiated a program to hang banners honoring veterans throughout the town.
The person selected as Veteran of the Year will be honored at the annual banquet, set for Nov. 9 at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road. He or she will also ride in the Veterans Day Parade.
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a social hour, followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m.
The annual Veterans Day Memorial Service will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Timber Linn Memorial Park, 900 Price Road SE.
The parade — that attracts as many as 40,000 viewers — will start at 11 a.m.
To nominate a veteran no later than Aug. 17:
• Provide contact information for the veteran, including name, address, phone number and if possible, an email address.
• Provide a copy of the veteran’s DD214 or separation paper whichever the veteran received at the time of discharge from the service. If a copy of the DD214 is not available, contact the Veterans Commemoration Association and a verification of veteran’s discharge from service will be completed. Do not send original paperwork, copies only.
• Include a list of the veteran’s volunteer activities and the organizations in which the person has participated both in and after separation from the service.
• Describe what sets this veteran apart.
• Provide general information, volunteer experience and a brief statement regarding why the nominee should be Veteran of the Year.
Mail nominations to Al Severson, Veterans Commemoration Association, P.O. Box 3241, Albany, OR 97321 or email: email@example.com.
For more information, call 541-981-2390.