Veterans Day Events

November 10, 2010 

ANCHORAGE

Veterans and Remembrance Day Ceremonies: Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Katkus, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, will host a Veterans Day ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Alaska National Guard armory on Fort Richardson. The ceremony will include the presentation of the 2010 Governors' Veterans Advocacy Award by Gov. Sean Parnell and a moment honoring the Alaska National Guardsmen who lost their lives July 28 in a C-17 plane crash. Immediately after the Veterans Day ceremony, Canadian Forces from Elmendorf will conduct a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Veterans Day service and ceremony, hosted by the American Legion Post 1, begins with free refreshments at 3 p.m. and continues with a ceremony that includes videos and readings at 4 p.m. at the Anchorage Veterans Memorial on the Park Strip. Post Commander Jim Grant will officiate.

The East High Student Government has a Veterans Day commemoration beginning at 7:50 a.m. in the high school commons. A tradition since 2004, students write the names of every soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice since the previous year's commemoration. Students read the names aloud. Participants then move outdoors, where a student plays taps and 100 colored balloons are released: red, white and blue for the U.S. flag, and gold for those who will not return.

The West High Air Force JROTC Program has a special flag-raising ceremony in front of West High at 7 a.m. This event is timed to take place when President Obama is scheduled to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. All veterans are invited to attend and participate. Also, the school's PTSA is honoring all veterans who work at West High with flowers.

An Alaska Native Veterans panel will be conducted from 6 to 8 p.m. at the UAA Student Union North Cafeteria, 2921 Spirit Way. Moderated by Dr. George Charles, the panel features the following participants: Maj. Gen. Jake Lestenkof, Lt. Don McCartney, Maj. Wayne Don, Torin Jacobs, Jim LaBelle, Dr. Gordon Pullar and others.

The University of Alaska Anchorage's Air Force ROTC, the Army ROTC, and the Veterans Club host a Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony to commemorate those who have served. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. outside the UAA Consortium Library (near the bus stop). ROTC members will hand out yellow ribbons to participants and light candles in remembrance. To close it off, a Color Guard performs a joint flag-folding ceremony with the Army ROTC. Ric Davidge, founder and CEO of the Alaska Veterans Foundation, will be a guest speaker.

VFW Post 1685 hosts poker night and a free dinner of cheeseburgers, french fries and apple pie for veterans by the VFW Auxiliary, 7:15 p.m., 1200 W. 33rd Ave.

Anchorage Lions Club honors veterans who are also Lions, 5:30 p.m., Westmark Hotel. RSVP, president@aksportscarclub.org.

Birchwood ABC has a Veterans Day ceremony with military honors at 2 p.m. Included in the program, the school will host the Northern Lights Brass Band of the Pacific and the Elmendorf Honor Guard.

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Veterans Day pancake breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. at Primrose Retirement Community, 889 N. Elkhorn Drive, Wasilla.

Honor Ceremony, 11 a.m. at the Veterans Wall of Honor near the Mat-Su Medical Center, off the Parks Highway.

American Legion Post 35 in Wasilla, Mile 46.5 Parks Highway, will host an open house after the Honor Ceremony at the Veterans Wall of Honor.

Veterans Day appreciation luncheon, noon to 1 p.m. at Palmer Moose Lodge No. 793, 110 S. Cobb St. Hosted by Rotary Club of Palmer and American Legion Post No. 15, this event is for veterans and active military personnel. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Flag display, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mat-Su College art gallery, Mile 2, Trunk Road; and a celebration with small gifts for vets and flags for everyone, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the college's main lobby.

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