Veterans are invited to a free breakfast and flag raising ceremony on Memorial Day, May 26, 7 a.m. at the Christ Dunberger Post on Pickle and Wynn roads in Oregon.
The East Toledo Club is sponsoring the event for the 81st consecutive year. The first flag raising was held in 1933 at Pearson Park, which was the site for more than 75 years. In recent years, the club has partnered with the Dunberger Post to honor the men and women who have served our country.
Veterans do not have to belong to a post to attend. The ceremony starts with the honor guard raising the flag at 7 followed by the playing of Taps. Breakfast is served at 7:30.
This year’s speaker is Lieutenant Commander Vidal Valentin, Commanding Officer of Navy Operational Support Center Toledo, which is located on Glenwood Road in Perrysburg Township.
Valentin will celebrate his 25th year in the service May 25. He is a New York City native, received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and served in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard for seven years. He attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
He has served on a number of ships and was stationed for two years in Bogota, Columbia where he provided support for visits for U.S. Naval Forces and Homeland Security representatives. He also provided support for several counter-drug operations for the Columbian Navy.
He was named Commanding Officer of the Toledo Navy support center in July, 2012.
He has received numerous personal awards including the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
RSVP to Jodi at 419-691-1429, ext 213.