By Peninsula Daily News staff
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PORT ANGELES — Port Angeles resident and Gold Star Mother Betsy Reed Schultz will be the featured speaker at a regional ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles at 10:30 a.m. today.
The Clallam County Veterans Association's 2012 Veterans Day ceremony is open to the public, and the front gate at the end of Ediz Hook will open at 9:30 a.m.
Visitors must have photo identification available at the entry checkpoint.
All veteran organization flags will be posted prior to the start of the ceremony.
Any organization desiring to have its flag posted must do so no later than 9:45 a.m. today.
A reception and barbecue sponsored by the Clallam County Veterans Association will follow the ceremony at the Clallam County Veterans Center, 216 S. Francis St.
Reed Schultz's son, Capt. Joseph William Schultz, a decorated Green Beret, was killed May 29, 2011, along with two members of his Army special forces team when the Humvee they were riding in was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Membership in the Gold Star Mothers is open to any American woman who has lost a son or daughter in service to the United States.
Reed Schultz is in the process of converting the former Tudor Inn Bed & Breakfast into Captain Joseph House, a place “to provide comfort and a home away from home for the families of the fallen.”
For more information about the ceremony, phone Tammy Sullenger at 360-417-2383.
Elwha River Casino
PORT ANGELES — The Elwha River Casino plans a flag ceremony at noon today.
The flag ceremony at the casino at 631 Stratton Road will be followed by a free hot dog barbecue with cake at 12:30 p.m.
An annual remembrance of Navy Seabee and Medal of Honor recipient Marvin G. Shields will begin at the Gardiner Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday.
The Seabees of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, Naval Construction Maintenance Battalion Detachment 303, Navy Seabee Veterans of America and family members will honor Shields at the event.
The ceremony draws Seabees from throughout the Northwest.
Because of limited parking, the public is encouraged to park at Gardiner Community Church at 1040 Old Gardiner Road, where a bus will take attendees to the cemetery beginning at 10:15 a.m.
Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Shields died in 1965 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1966 by President Lyndon B. Johnson for gallantry during combat in Vietnam.
This year's honor ceremony will be especially poignant, as Shields' daughter Barbara died of heart failure April 28, organizers said.
Shields was a graduate of Port Townsend High School and lived in Discovery Bay.
He is buried at the Gardiner Cemetery.
La Vina Cafe
SEQUIM — La Vina Cafe, 111 River Road, will honor veterans from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Free rides for veterans in tethered hot-air balloons will be available at noon, weather permitting.
For more information, phone 360-460-7083.
Applebee's free for vets
SEQUIM — Veterans and active-duty military can eat selected menu items for free at Applebee's, 130 River Road, from 10 a.m. to midnight today.
Veterans and military members are asked to bring some form of identification that shows their past or current status.
Items available for the free meal are a 7-ounce steak with choice of sides, Double Crunch Shrimp, Three Cheese Chicken Penne, bacon cheeseburger, Oriental salad, Fiesta Lime Chicken and Chicken Finger Platter.
Vets at 7 Cedars Casino
BLYN — Veterans and active duty military eat free at 7 Cedars Casino today.
Veterans and those on active duty in the armed forces who have some form of proof of current or past military status can eat brunch or dinner buffet free, the casino said.
Today's brunch is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a prime rib buffet is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Both are in the Salish room at the casino five miles east of Sequim on U.S. Highway 101.
Port Townsend/Jefferson County
Legion Post 26
PORT TOWNSEND — The public is invited to attend the annual Veterans Day ceremony by the Marvin G. Shields Memorial American Legion Post 26 at 11 a.m. today.
The ceremony will honor all veterans and recognize 52 Legion members who have held continuous membership for 20 years or longer.
It will be held at the American Legion, corner of Water and Monroe streets.
Retired Col. Nancy McDaniel, U.S. Air Force, Medical Service Corps, will serve as featured speaker and present “Standing Guard.”
A pre-ceremony concert by the Port Townsend Summer Band at 10:30 a.m. will feature marches and other patriotic music.
Following the ceremony, a buffet luncheon will be served by the Post 26 Auxiliary to the public.
McDaniel was born in Port Townsend and was raised in Chimacum, where she graduated from Chimacum High School.
She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound, where she was the first woman to be commissioned as a second lieutenant through the school's Air Force ROTC program.
She later earned a master's degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio.
As a Medical Service Corps officer, she was stationed at bases in the Republic of the Philippines, Kansas, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Ohio and at the Pentagon in the office of the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
Her last duty station was Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, where she was chief of staff, Human Systems Center.
She retired in 1997.
PORT HADLOCK — Veterans of Foreign Wars Bruce F. Matheson Post 7498 will hold an open house at the facility, 31 Matheson St., today.
All veterans and active-duty personnel are welcome.
Breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon, and a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs is planned from noon to 4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested for each meal.
Veterans and active-duty personnel with the proper DD-214 identification may receive one meal free.
A service officer is to be on hand to explain entitlements and claims for veterans.
For more information, phone 360-301-5010.
Port Ludlow Beach Club
PORT LUDLOW — Veterans and widows and widowers of veterans are invited to a Veterans Day observance at the Port Ludlow Beach Club, 121 Marina View Drive, at 4 p.m. today.
The event is tailored for vets and their families, but all who would like to attend are invited to the program.
PORT TOWNSEND — Seaport Landing Retirement and Assisted Living Community, 1201 Hancock St., will hold a Veterans Day ceremony in the facility's north dining room at 2 p.m. today.
Navy Chief Thomas Hodges from Naval Magazine Indian Island is the guest speaker.
The video “Life on Duty,” a story of the survival of two of Seaport's residents, will be shown.
It details how a ship carrying one resident was torpedoed in wartime and how a second ship carrying the other resident was part of the ultimate rescue. The two men didn't realize their connection until 60 years later.
National, state parks
Olympic National Park
OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — In honor of Veterans Day, the national park is waiving entrance fees through Monday.
The fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not apply to other fees.
For more information, visit www.nps.gov/olym.
Washington State Parks is providing free entrance to state parks today in honor of Veterans Day.
No Discover Pass is needed to visit state parks such as those on the Peninsula — Fort Worden State Park and Fort Flagler in Port Townsend, Sequim Bay State Park and Bogachiel State Park near Forks.
A Discover Pass still is required for land managed by the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.
---Peninsula Daily News