By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Cascade honors veterans

Starla Pointer/News-RegisterVeterans, including many from Cascade Steel, socialize at the mill s annual Veterans Day event. The mill opens its doors on the holiday as a way of saying thanks to men and women who ve served.
Starla Pointer/News-Register
Veterans, including many from Cascade Steel, socialize at the mill's annual Veterans Day event. The mill opens its doors on the holiday as a way of saying thanks to men and women who've served.

Cascade Steel Rolling Mills honored veterans — including about 100 on the mill's staff — at a Tuesday morning open house.

Members of the general community joined millworkers for coffee, cookies and conversation. They took home bags of goodies, including Cascade Steel caps and cups.

Among the dozens of veterans in attendance were Army vet Chito Flores with his wife, Myrtle; and Navy vet Kerry Miller with his wife, Miriam, a former Cascade weighmaster. The two couples said they come to the mill event every year.

"We really appreciate Cascade Steel," said Miller, who served in the Navy from 1966 to 1970, including a tour in Vietnam.

Flores served two tours in the Army, from 1947 to 1949 and 1950 to 1953. "I didn't know any better," he joked about signing up a second time.

His wife said she is always pleased when her husband and other veterans are honored.

"It's so good to see how people are beginning to appreciate our service men and women," she said. "It's so nice of Cascade to do this."

Early in the event, Rick Jones, a Cascade Steel foreman, welcomed his mother and stepfather, Mary and Leroy Andvick.

Andvick is an Army veteran who served in a radio repair unit in Germany from 1953 to 1956. After the war, he earned a degree at Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University. He taught school for several years, then worked for State Farm Insurance for 35 years.

Jones said he came to the event to honor Andvick and his father, the late R.L. Jones. The elder Jones was posted in Guam with the Navy during a tour running from 1952 to 1955. Later, he became a well-known local square dance caller.

"I'm proud of them," Rick Jones said of his dad, stepfather and veterans in general.  "Without them, we wouldn't be here today." 

He said he's also proud of his company for it's community service activities, including hosting the annual Veterans Day event.  "Anytime you can honor someone who served ... they deserve the honor," he said.

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