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Celebrating veterans of Kitsap County

Pulling together to support local veterans, residents across the county are hosting multiple events in honor of Veterans Day.

From motorcycle rides to student readings, there are many commemorative activities dedicated to those who have served our country.

Veterans Day Ride

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association will host a Veterans Day Ride to the Fairgrounds at attend Western Washington’s largest Veterans Day ceremony.

“This is the third year we’ve done this,” said Legend Harley-Davidson Spokesman John Towers. “The community is full of veterans and about 90 percent of our veterans are riders.”

The ride will depart at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, from Legend Harley-Davidson of Silverdale. After the ceremony, a fund-raising barbecue will begin at noon with all proceeds going directly to Navy Marine Corp. Relief Society.

“We need to show a force for our veterans,” Towers added.

For more information about the ride, visit http://veteransdayonline.org or contact Towers at (360) 698-3700.

‘Honor all who serve’ at the Pavilion

Both state Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell will be present at the Pavilion this year for the 12th annual Kitsap County Veterans event. The formal ceremony will take place from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Viewing of the displays will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Peninsula Pipes & Drum band will perform from 9 to 10:00 a.m.

More than 30 different veteran and fraternal organizations have been working together this event.

The West Sound Military Vehicle Preservation Club will have various antique military vehicles on display as well as a 32-foot PBR (Patrol Boat – River) and the SubVets submarine parade float.

Rear Adm. James Symonds, Commander, Navy Region Northwest, will address the audience and then introduce the guest speaker, Mr. John Lee, Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Knights of Columbus and the Kitsap Battalion Naval Sea Cadets will perform the color guard duties. There also will be a ceremonial ringing of the bell.

The program will conclude with a rifle salute provided by local active duty Marine Corps personnel. The Navy band will perform “TAPS” to conclude the formal ceremony.

Student reading of Battaan Battle March

Klahowya Secondary School sophomore Anthony Zendejas will perform a one-man reenactment of the Bataan Battle march.

Zendejas was able to perform his one-man play “The Rescue of the Doomed Ghosts Soldiers of Bataan” for the 62nd National Convention of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor in Washington D.C. this past April.

The reenactment will be at 9 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Crossroads Neighborhood Church located at 7555 Old Military Road in Bremerton.

Zendejas has been conducting research on Prisoners Of War (POWs) of the Japanese for more than two years. He has interviewed Great Raid Ranger Leader Capt. Robert Prince, “Ghost Soldiers” Author Hampton Sides, Bataan Death March survivors, POWS held by the Japanese and more than 40 sources related to this tragic event in history.

A presentation that started out as an eighth-grade essay ended up growing into an international story. Zendejas competed for National History Day and received high honors at the state level. Both his play and essay have been added to a bilingual Web site to educate people in Japan about the treatment of allied POWs during WWII. He has received correspondence, books and records from WWII veterans around the country and the Philippines.

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