Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jordan Orr, from Everett, the G-1 division leading chief petty officer, poses for a photograph March 11 aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), near Yokosuka, Japan, as he remembers former first lady Nancy Reagan.

Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jordan Orr, from Everett, the G-1 division leading chief petty officer, poses for a photograph March 11 aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), near Yokosuka, Japan, as he remembers former first lady Nancy Reagan.

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Sailors remember Nancy Reagan

Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) honored the legacy of first lady Nancy Reagan on March 7. A moment of silence was observed at 7:15 a.m. to remember the ship’s sponsor and wife of the ship’s namesake President Ronald Reagan. Nancy Reagan died March 6 at age 94.

Senior Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jordan Orr, from Everett, the G-1 division leading chief petty officer, recalled Mrs. Reagan as having “the positive attributes that we look for in strong role model.”

“I appreciate what she did in paving the way for the ‘Just Say No’ campaign and the prevention of drugs, which is something I feel we do not talk about enough,” Orr said.

Mrs. Reagan, who served as the ship’s sponsor since its commissioning in 2003, was remembered by other sailors as “the mother of our ship.”

“It was also significant that she was able to take part in christening the ship (in 2001),” Orr said. “The fact that she was able to be here definitely makes ‘USS Ronald Reagan’ more than just a name — it’s what makes this ship America’s Flagship.”

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Veterans news

Vietnam Veterans Day: American Legion Post 234 and the Peter Puget Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution present a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration event in honor of Vietnam Veterans Day.

The program, set for 7 p.m. March 29, includes readings from local authors who have written about the Vietnam War era, Tribune Media’s “Untold Stories” featuring Vietnam War correspondent Joe Galloway, and the one-act play “Seldom is Heard” performed by the Edmonds Driftwood Players.

Veterans and their families from all military branches and all eras of service are welcome to attend as well as the general public. Entry is a $5 donation at the door. The post is at 22909 56th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace.

Homeless, unemployed veterans can get help through Workforce Snohomish. Help includes employment assistance, support services, help with VA benefits and housing. Call Gordon Meade at 425-921-3478 or write to

The Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and auxiliaries of Snohomish County are looking for new members. Needed is your last separation certification or other proof of eligibility. Auxiliary members are wives, widows, mothers, etc. For more information, call 425-337-1559.

Veterans groups

Snohomish County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 13: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, dinner at 6, at the Lynnwood Eagles, 19223 Highway 99. More info: 425-299-3373,

Fleet Reserve Association Branch 170: 5 p.m. second Wednesdays, 6802 Beverly Blvd., Everett. More info: 425-353-2600.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 12: 7 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. More info: Dennis C. Adams, 206-280-0022.

Coast Guard Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Port of Everett Conference Center, 404 14th St. More info: Melin Ford, 360-794-1723 or

Fleet Reserve Association and Ladies Fleet Reserve Association Unit and Branch 18: Lunch noon, meeting 1 p.m. second Saturdays, 23003 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. More info: 425-771-2774.

Veterans: An unaffiliated group of veterans of wars in foreign lands meets at 1 p.m. second Wednesdays, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett. More info: 425-257-8780.

American Legion

Arlington Legion Post 76 and Auxiliary: Arlington Post 76 and auxiliary meetings, 7 p.m. second Tuesdays. SAL meetings 6 p.m. first Thursdays. All meetings are downstairs at 115 N. Olympic Ave. Breakfast is served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. the first Saturday of each month for $6 a plate. More info: 360-435-2492.

Arthur Kincaid Legion Post 58: 7 p.m. third Tuesdays, Brookdale Senior Living, 15465 179th Ave., Monroe. More info: Adjutant Bob at 360-863-3544,

Bothell Legion Post 127: 7 p.m. second Wednesdays, 21920 Highway 9. Service officer available to help with veterans issues. More info: Commander Burt Marsh, 206-999-3254.

Earl Winehart Legion Post 96: 7 p.m. second Tuesdays, Legion Hall, 1201 First St., Snohomish. More info: 360-568-5340.

Frank Freese Legion Post 66: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Post Hall, 117 S. Sixth St., Edmonds. Light meal served at 5:15 p.m. More info: Les, 206-546-6831.

Frank H. Hancock Legion Post 92 and Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Mondays, 26921 88th Ave. NW, Stanwood. Prime rib dinner, 4:30 p.m. third Fridays. Service office open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. More info: 360-629-8021.

Lake Stevens Memorial Legion Post 181: 7 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays, Lake Stevens Community Center, 1812 124th Ave. NE. More info: Tom at 425-314-5865, Tony at 360-631-3242, or Vern at 425-343-9637;;

Lynnwood Legion Post 37: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Lynnwood Elks Club, 6620 196th St. SW. More info: 425-585-0279.

Marysville Legion Post 178 and Auxiliary: 7 p.m. third Thursdays, Post Hall, Second Street and Cedar Avenue. Social hour at 6 p.m. Service officer hours are 12-4 p.m. fourth Mondays at the Post Hall. More info: 360-653-0155,,

S. Al Wilcox Legion Post 234: 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. meeting, second Mondays, Legion Hall, 22909 56th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace. More info:,, 425-776-5490. Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Mondays, Vineyard Park Retirement Community, 23008 56th Ave. W, Mountlake Terrace. More info: 206-369-7131,

Sen. Henry M. Jackson Legion Post 6: 6 p.m. second Thursdays, Fleet Reserve Association Club, 6802 Beverly Blvd., Everett. More info: Marvin, 425-923-8172.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Arlington Boyer-Daniel VFW Post 1561: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays. More info: 425-232-8453, 360-435-6677 or

Edmonds VFW Post 8870: 6 p.m. second Tuesdays, with a light supper at 5:15 p.m., Edmonds American Legion Hall, 117 Sixth Ave. S. More info: Terry at 425-348-6862,, Ladies Auxiliary: Noon second Fridays at the Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave.

Everett Old Guard VFW Post 2100: 6:30 p.m. third Tuesdays, 2711 Oakes Ave. More info: Don Wischmann, 425-760-9031, Auxiliary: 6:30 p.m. second Mondays. More info: 425-337-1559.

Gold Bar Martin-Osterholtz VFW Post 9417: 6 p.m. first Thursdays, 301 Third St. More info: Doug White, 425-870-7298. Ladies Auxiliary: 3 p.m. first Thursdays. More info: Arden King, 360-793-2786.

Lynnwood Walter A. Deebach VFW Post 1040: 7 p.m. first Thursdays, Alderwood Boys and Girls Club, 19619 24th Ave. W. More info: Frank, 425-697-4102. Ladies Auxiliary: Same as Post. More info: Myra Rintamaki, 206-235-0348.

Monroe VFW Post 7511: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, IOOF Hall, 610 Lewis St. More info: Ken, 425-315-3509.

Oak Harbor Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post 7392: 360-675-4048 or

Snohomish Gay Jones VFW Post 921 and Auxiliary: 1 p.m. second Saturdays, Boys &Girls Club, 402 Second St. More info: 425-397-7111.

Sultan VFW Post 2554 and Ladies Auxiliary: 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Volunteers of America Community Center, 605 First St. More info: 425-870-0235.

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