Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Ty Gassin has served his country and continues to do so, but he doesn’t think he’s done enough for his fellow veterans.

Gassin hopes to start rectifying that soon.

He is planning the inaugural Run For Veterans event for Saturday, Nov. 10 — the day before Veterans Day — in Baker City.

Gassin, 24, grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Army before he earned his diploma, and he served in the Army for 3 years, including a nine-month deployment to Kuwait in 2015.

He started a business, All American Metal Art, in Ontario in May of this year, and not long after joined the Army Reserves.

Gassin said he decided to sponsor an event that would focus attention on military veterans.

“I felt like I had to give more, and I wanted to do something I was very passionate about,” Gassin said. “I feel like I have a very strong connection with everyone in the services.”

Gassin decided to pick one veteran from each branch of the military — Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard — and specifically honor each during the event.

He knew some of the veterans, including Marine Corps veteran Zach Downing, who helped inspire Gassin to join the military.

But when Gassin had trouble finding a Coast Guard veteran he enlisted the help of Rick Gloria, Baker County’s veteran services officer.

Gloria helped Gassin get in touch with Michael Lary, who served in the Coast Guard.

The other veterans to be honored are:

• Dave Davis, Air Force

• Cliff Robertson, Navy

• Kaiden Williams, Army

Gassin will present a flag, which he designed and built himself, to each of the five veterans at the conclusion of the 3-mile run, which starts at 9 a.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery and finishes in the field south of the main parking lot at the Baker Sports Complex.

See more in the Nov. 9, 2018, issue of the Baker City Herald.