Veterans Day events in Anchorage and Mat-Su

Sonja Barnard, center, competes against Tech. Sgt. Dennis Pack, left, and Staff Sgt. Michael Henrie, during a game of wheelchair basketball at Central Middle School on Friday, November 9, 2012. Students who participate in the sport through the school district's extracurricular program played against members of the Air Force's Band of the Pacific as part of Veteran's Day activities at the school. Molly Miller, who coaches the students, says the event was an opportunity to showcase the sport to other students. Although these military competitors are not wheelchair users outside of the game, Miller said she hoped to at least get students to think about veterans who participate in the sport despite their physical limitations. Marc Lester


National Guard Armory

Maj. Gen. Thomas Katkus, adjutant general of the Alaska National Guard, will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Alaska National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The ceremony will include the presentation of the 2012 Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award by Verdie Bowen, director of Veterans Affairs for Alaska, and a keynote address by Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Jim Noe, an Army aviation veteran.

Immediately after the ceremony, Canadian forces will conduct a Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery.

Veterans Memorial

Veterans Day service and ceremony, hosted by the American Legion Post 1, 840 Fireweed Lane, starts with a free spaghetti feed for veterans and active duty military, 1 p.m. Sunday. It continues with a ceremony from 5-5:30 p.m., officiated by Post Commander Jim Grant, at the Veterans Memorial, west of I Street between Ninth and 10th avenues.

The ceremony will include a short speech that emphasizes the service of female veterans and the playing of "America the Beautiful" by Ray Charles. After the ceremony, veterans are invited back to the post to enjoy live music by Full Tilt, 5:30-10 p.m. (272-5242)

Salute to Veterans concert

The Anchorage Concert Chorus performs "Salute to Veterans," a concert and tribute to active duty and retired military members, at 4 p.m. Sunday. The chorus will be joined by the UAA Wind Ensemble and the University Singers. Featured guest pianist Timothy Smith will perform Gershin's "Rhapsody in Blue." $20 per person. A pre-concert lecture is set for 3 p.m. Visit for tickets.

Check for a list of restaurants offering free food for active duty service members and veterans who can show a military ID card.


Veterans Wall of Honor

Honor Ceremony, 11 a.m. Sunday at the Veterans Wall of Honor near the Mat-Su Medical Center, off the Parks Highway. After the ceremony, VFW 9365 hosts an open house with free food at 1 p.m. at 301 E. Lakeview Ave. (376-5820 or Todd Maynard, 841-4463)

Mat-Su College

The staff and students of Mat-Su College will put on a Veterans Day Celebration at noon Monday at the school on College Drive, off Trunk Road. The event will include a flag-folding ceremony by the Colony High School Color Guard and Gene Horner from the Mat-Su Concert Band will perform taps.