Veterans Day activities planned in Billings, othercommunities
From color guards and a helicopter visit to special ceremoniesand dinners, Billings and other communities are preparing to honormilitary personnel on Veterans Day.
Here are some of the major events planned in Billings, startingThursday, Nov. 10, and continuing through the weekend:
All veterans, their families and the public are invited to aveterans’ appreciation assembly at 9 a.m. Thursday at will JamesMiddle School.
To begin the program, there is a color guard from the USMC and acaptain in the Marines who will give a short talk. Militaryveterans will be honored by decade starting with the 1940s untiltoday.
At the end of the assembly, a Blackhawk helicopter flown by theMontana National Guard will land on the football field. the eventis also supported by the Army Reserve and Army National Guard whoare bringing ground equipment including various types oftrucks.
For more information, call Hunter Jones at the school at281-6100.
Creation ofmedicine wheel
Montana State University Billings faculty, students, staff andBillings community members will join again this Veterans Day toconstruct a medicine wheel to honor veterans as well as AmericanIndian college students.
The event is set for noon Thursday just outside the Liberal ArtsBuilding. Anyone may attend the event.
The medicine wheel has a dual purpose of honoring AmericanIndian students and veterans. those who participate are asked toplace a rock in the medicine wheel circle to represent someone theyknow who has served in the military or a student who has made asacrifice to attend college.
For information, contact Reno Charette, MSU Billings director ofAmerican Indian Outreach and Diversity Center, at 657-2144 or byemail at .
This year’s Veterans Day ceremony on Friday will be celebratedoutdoors at MetraPark, beginning at 10:10 a.m.
Kristie Ostlund will sing the National Anthem, and Harlon Owens,commander of the United Veterans Council, will give the greetingbefore the Pledge of Allegiance is recited.
Skip Venard, a retired Army major, will give the opening prayer.Guest speakers are Brigadier Gen. John E. Walsh, adjutant generalof the Joint Force Headquarters of the Montana National Guard, andDaryl S. Paulson, a Vietnam veteran, entrepreneur and author.
In remembrance of the end of World War I, a bell will be rung at11 a.m. the VFW Auxiliary will place a wreath, and the volleysalute will be performed by American Post 4. Burt Gigoux will play”Taps.” the closing prayer will be given by Sue Davidson, DAVChapter 10 commander.
In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be movedindoors.
Aspen View retirement community, 3075 Ave. C, is planningVeterans Day celebrations and a fundraiser for the Outward Boundfor Veterans program on Friday-Sunday.
Events include a Salute to our Veterans event featuring a flagceremony by the Marine Corps and a prime rib buffet at 12:30 p.m.on Friday for a $10 donation.
The public also is invited to a waffle bar at 8 a.m., Saturdayfor a $5 donation, followed by a veterans benefits seminar at 10a.m.
An ice cream social is set for 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
RSVP to 652-7788 to reserve a seat.
Donations will be accepted at each event, and all proceeds willbe donated to Outward Bound for Veterans, a nonprofit program thatprovides challenging learning expeditions for returning servicemembers.
To learn more, call Aspen View at 652-7788. Donations can alsobe made online at holidaytouch.com/outwardbound.
Here are some other events planned:
* A spaghetti dinner will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at AmericanLegion, 1540 Broadwater Ave. Music will be provided by Norrine theOutlaw Queen Band. the cost is $5. call 656-9510 forinformation.
* Veterans are invited for a Veteran’s Day free “Early Dine”entrée at Texas Roadhouse, 1824 King Ave W.
Veterans and active members of U.S. military from across thearea to enjoy free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. EveryTexas Roadhouse location across the country will participate in thefree lunch event to honor the men and women of our armed forces,who can pick from among 10 entrées. Proof of service includesmilitary or VA card, or discharge papers.
Through Nov. 30, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of thepurchase amount of Texas Roadhouse military design gift cards toHomes for our Troops, which builds specially adapted homes forseverely injured veterans. the cards can be purchased online attexasroadhouse.com.
* In Roundup, a Veterans Day program starts at 8:30 a.m. atRoundup Central Grade School. American Legion Post 18 assists withthe events, which include a flag raising, music and talk by theAmerican Legion state commander.
* In Bozeman, the names of more than 6,200 service men and womenwho died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past 10 years will beread aloud in the Leigh Lounge of Montana State University’s StrandUnion Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
The reading is part of the Remembrance Day National Roll call, anationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men andwomen who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan sincethe 9-11 attacks. the reading is open to the public and will bestreamed live on the MSU website atmontana.edu/veteransrollcall/.
As part of the roll call, volunteers at more than 175 collegesand universities from all 50 states will read the names ofcasualties from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation IraqiFreedom, now called Operation new Dawn.
Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Callwill observe a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence at noonmountain standard time.
The reading of the names is expected to take nearly eight hours.A Remembrance Ceremony will be conducted from 4 to 5 p.m., withkeynote speaker, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.
For information about the MSU Roll call events, or to volunteerto read, contact Brenda York at 406-994-2824 or or the MSU Office of Community Involvement at406-994-6902 or email .
For information about the National Roll call effort, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit va.eku.edu/rollcall tosee a list of participating schools.
* In Miles City, at 1 p.m. Friday, the community is invited to aVeterans Day program at Custer County High.
* In Livingston, a Veterans Day roast beef dinner takes place5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at American Legion Park Post no. 23 andAuxiliary, 112 N. B St. the meal costs $5 for non-veterans and isfree for veterans with ID. call 406-222-1052.
* In Jordan, a Veterans Day dinner is set for 6 p.m. Friday andpresented by VFW White Post 7886. for tickets, call406-557-6195.
* In Baker, a Veterans Day supper is planned for 5 p.m. Sundayat the American Legion Club.
In addition, the National Park Service will waive admission feesat Yellowstone, Glacier, Grant Teton and other national parks onFriday through Sunday to encourage people to explore America’snatural beauty, history and culture.
More information is available atnps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
The Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and WildlifeService and the U.S. Forest Service also will waive their entranceand standard fees this weekend.