LONG BEACH — On Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m., the American Legion will officiate at a small service at the Ilwaco Cemetery at the gravesites of Don R. Grable and Charles B. Strauhal.
The American Legion Post #48 in Ilwaco is named after Don R. Grable, the only Peninsula person to die while serving in France in World War I. The VFW Post #3721 was named after Charles B. Strauhal, who served in World War I in 1918 and 1919.
At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, the Long Beach Elks, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Charles B. Strauhal Post #3721, and the Don R. Grable Post and Unit #48 of the American Legion and Auxiliary will host an observance of Veterans Day for our community at the Elks Lodge in Long Beach. A free lunch will be provided. All veterans (anyone who served in the armed services at any time), present active duty persons and their families and community members are invited to attend.
The featured speaker will be Lt. Jessica Shafer, commander, Cape Disappointment Coast Guard. All World War II veterans will be recognized, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I in 1918 will be commemorated, and the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State delegates will speak. There will be special recognition of two World War I men from the Long Beach Peninsula: Don R. Grable and Charles B. Strauhal.
For further information, please call Long Beach Mayor Jerry Phillips at 360-977-8491, American Legion Post Commander Ron Robbins at 360-931-3995 or Auxiliary Unit President Georgia Bell at 360-484-3662, or VFW Post #3721 Commander Ray Palmer at 360-665-3458.