Louis Dausse Jr., a Maryville resident and veteran, was among those honored at a Veterans Day celebration in Beaverton. Each veteran received cards from Valley Catholic Early Learning School’s preschool students. (Courtesy Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon)
Louis Dausse Jr., a Maryville resident and veteran, was among those honored at a Veterans Day celebration in Beaverton. Each veteran received cards from Valley Catholic Early Learning School’s preschool students. (Courtesy Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon)
BEAVERTON — This past fall, veterans at Maryville were honored at a special event featuring Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, retired Portland Archbishop John Vlazny and the Oregon Air National Guard.

Maryville, which provides memory care, is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and was established in 1963. Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen, president of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Ministries Corporation, offered the opening blessing.

The guard presented the colors, and Maryville staff member Kyah Feldes and Maryville volunteer Trent Toney sang the national anthem. Doyle received the flag from the guard and thanked the Maryville’s veterans. Each veteran received a certificate and pin in honor of their service.

Among the veterans honored was Louis Dausse Jr. He served in the army in the early 1950s and was stationed in Germany for part of his service. “I’m going to say something surprising: I really liked the army,” he said with a smile.

Each veteran also received cards from Valley Catholic Early Learning School’s preschool students.

The event concluded with a closing prayer from Archbishop Vlazny, who stayed after the event to chat with guests, including World War II veteran and Maryville resident Father Vincent Cunniff. Father Cunniff’s friend, John Boylan, brought a model of the B-24 bomber on which Father Cunniff had served as a bombardier during the war.

In addition to the resident veterans, spouses, mothers and grandmothers of veterans were honored with poppy flowers, a symbol of veterans sacrifices.