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Audience – young and old – pays tribute to Malheur County’s veterans

Students from Four Rivers Community School thank veterans at the end of the Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 11, at Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario. (The Enterprise/LES ZAITZ)

ONTARIO – One by one, the high school students from Four Rivers Community School shook the hand of a local veteran and said “thanks.”

The veterans, gathered for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Four Rivers Cultural Center, sat in a row or stood.

The attention of the students, who also handed a “thank you” bag of treats, clearly touched the men and women long retired from service. They couldn’t seem to stop smiling.

The finish to the Ontario ceremony was a good counterpoint to a key message delivered on Thursday, Nov. 11. The talk centered on the toll of suicide among veterans.

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