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Veterans club hosts Thursday barbecue

Chemeketa News Service

Chemeketa’s Veterans Club is sponsoring a barbecue on the Quad on May 21.

The colors will be presented by the North Salem High Shool JROTC, directed by Lt.(R) Dwight E. Morse, a senior army instructor. The National Anthem will be sung by Emily Moore, this year’s Chemeketa Idol winner.

Taps will be played by Bruce Bothwell, a retired Chemeketa electronics instructor. Bothwell, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, worked at Chemeketa for 35 years, retiring in 2003.

The master of ceremonies is Marcus Patterson.

Mike Boni, a member of the veterans club, said, “It should be noted that as we think of our precious veterans this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, consider that according to statistics released by the Veterans ‘Administration, 22 veterans are committing suicide a day.

“That means 8,030 members and former members of the U.S. military are dying each year from self-inflicted wounds. Over time, and as more deployments are ordered, that number may very well increase. No country in the world has that great of a problem with veteran suicides, and no other country has as many veterans to care for or about.”

Jon Bella, the president of the Chemeketa Veterans Club, said, “The 22 veterans who die from suicide each day are added to those who died in action, along with those that come home to deal with addiction problems and face everything from hunger to homelessness. On behalf of all the Chemeketa Veterans’ Club members, please enjoy the holiday weekend.”

The barbecue runs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hamburgers and soft drinks will be served. Admission is $5.

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