November 4, 2010

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners unanimously proclaimed November 11, 2010 Veteran’s Day in Multnomah County, encouraging all residents to honor and remember the men and women who have served our country in the military on this day.

Commissioner Diane McKeel brought forward the resolution Veterans Day Proclamation (33.41 KB) that recognized and thanked the contributions those in uniform have made to the United States. County operations will be closed to observe the holiday.

"The contributions of those who have served have protected this nation for over two hundred years," said Commissioner McKeel. "Just as they have done their duty in the service, it is our duty to recognize them. Take the time to thank someone who has served."

Thousands of Multnomah County residents are currently serving in the United States military, including two county employees, and over 415 Multnomah County employees have served in the military.

More than 50,000 Multnomah County residents are veterans; they compose nearly 10 percent of the county’s adult population. Many more have given their life to serve. Approximately 12 percent of Oregon’s residents are veterans.

The 36th annual Veteran’s Day parade will take place Thursday, November 11 along Sandy Boulevard, between NE 40th and 48th Avenues. Covered seating will be available for seniors and those with disabilities.

The same day, the Oregon Historical Society will open its new exhibit, “Marking Time: Voyage to Vietnam.” The nationally-touring exhibit uses artifacts to explore the Vietnam War from a soldier’s point of view. The exhibit will run from November 11, 2010 through February 13, 2011.

To learn about the various services and resources available to veterans and their families, call 503-988-3620 x25005.