Two Josephine County events honor Veterans Monday

Events were held in Merlin and Sunny Valley for Veterans Day

Posted: Nov 11, 2019 5:39 PM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.-- Thousands of people all across southern Oregon and northern California took time to honor veterans Monday. 

The 15th annual "Walk of Honor" was held in Merlin. Names are read off and added to the Walk of Honor. It lists the names of service men and women, both living and past. 

“It means a lot because not only do you have your name on the wall, but you can look at names on the wall I recognize several people that I know, personally know that I served with that have their name on the wall," said Director Mike Baker. "People that I went to school with that I haven’t heard their names for years. Because I was born and raised here in Grants Pass.”

Baker and his wife's name are on the wall. The two each served more than decade in the Army National Guard. 

“My wife and I have been out here several times just to walk through here and reminisce and look at all the different names and all the different people and just talk about our times in the service. My wife, she spent 12 years in the army, and my 18 years, so we both have a lot of common when it comes to that, so we love to come out and look at the names on the wall," said Baker.

More than 250 people came out for Monday's event. 

Just north of Merlin, an event was held at the Grave Creek Bridge in Sunny Valley. 

It was the first year Friends of Country Living held this kind of event. They held a flag dedication ceremony. 

"This recognizes everybody from the past, present, and future, I think. Because the young marines, the ones who did the flag ceremony, they are going to be our next veteran’s and people need to recognize that," said Edage Veale. He's a Second Class Machinist Mate in the Navy. 

The organizers plan to hold a Veterans Day event again next year. 

“When you see a vet, say thanks, say thanks to the ones that didn’t make it, say a prayer for them, and that’s what we as Americans should recognize and recognize the flag because that stands for a lot of things and a lot of people don’t know that, and we need to teach that to our kids what that means and respect it," said Veale. 

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