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Veterans Day program set at fairgrounds
BREMERTON — Local organizations are joining together to host the largest Veterans Day program in the state on Monday, Nov. 11, in the Kitsap Sun Pavilion at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
There will be 25 information booths with military related displays, including vintage uniforms and vehicles. Crazy Eric’s Drive In and Costco will donate food, while the Bremerton High School marching band is provide live music.
More then 1,800 people are expected to attend. The program begins at 10:30 a.m. with pomp and circumstance of a very formal Parade of Colors.
Rear Admiral Dietrich Kuhlmann, commander of Submarine Group Nine, and Guy Stitt, Bremerton Navy League ambassador, will welcome everyone. Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown will introduce all of the military and political dignitaries.
The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of Navy League provided the coordination and funds for this memorable event along with 42 other organizations.
This year, the keynote speaker is Lourdes E. Alvarado-Ramos, director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.
Alvarado-Ramos joined WDVA in 1993 and was appointed deputy director in 2005. She has a unique understanding of the agency, having led the Veterans Services Division and each of the state veterans homes as superintendent.
He served 22 years on active duty, retiring in August 1993 as command sergeant major and troop command sergeant major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis. During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge and Meritorious Service Medals.