Argus will serve vets free breakfast on Saturday; event includes special pricing for spouses

Axella Evelyn Norland Stephen, left, talks with Virginia Stephen, middle, and Lori Saintpeter during the Argus Observer’s Breakfast for Veterans Saturday morning in the National Guard Armory & Recruiting Office. Axella Stephen served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945, and after completing her training at the Boston Navy Yard in Massachusetts, she was stationed at the famous Farragut Naval Training Station in Coeur D’Alene. She died earlier this year.

ONTARIO — Nov. 11 marks the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day, which was the end of World War I. In recognition of the end of the historic conflict and to honor all individuals who have served in any branch of the U.S. military, The Argus Observer is hosting a Veterans Breakfast, at which all veterans can eat for free.

This year, the admission price for veterans spouses will be half-price.

The breakfast will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Oregon National Guard Armory-Ontario and recruiting office.

Staff from the Argus are rolling up their sleeves for the entire breakfast, pitching in with setting tables, cooking, cleaning, taking tickets and, even, assisting those individuals in need of it with delivering breakfast to the table for them.

“It’s very important to give back to those who have given to us,” said Argus Publisher Stephanie Spiess. “Vets are very near and dear to me.”

Spiess’ father served in the U.S. Army, and her grandfather served in the U.S. Navy.

Tickets for the breakfast are available for purchase ahead of time at the Argus office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or at the door on the day of the event. In addition to a special prices for youths, children 2 and younger eat free. Veterans also eat free, and need only to present their military ID or DD214.

The armory is at 1330 S.W. Fourth St.

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