Many events around western Montana this weekend will celebrate and remember the service of U.S. armed forces veterans. Here is a sampling shared by our readers.
• The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and special guest J.K. Simmons will hold a commemorative Veterans Weekend concert, “American Salute,” at 7:30 p.m. in the University of Montana’s Dennison Theatre. Veterans admitted free. For tickets and more information, call 721-3194, go to missoulasymphony.org or 320 E. Main St.
Sunday, Veterans Day
• The Veterans Day celebration in Missoula begins with a breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 825 Ronan St. Donations accepted and poppies distributed.
• At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., lunch will be served at Grizzly Peak, 3600 American Way. There’s a choice of prime rib or game hen. Cost is a $10 per plate donation for the Honor Flight program.
• At 1 p.m., American Legion Post 101 will conduct its Veterans Day service at the Missoula County Courthouse gazebo. The theme is “You Don’t Have to Die to be a Hero.” Speakers include U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, 4th Judicial District Court Standing Master Brenda Desmond, Post 101 Adjutant Dan Gallagher, Mayor John Engen and Missoula County Commissioner Bill Carey. Former U.S. Sen. John Melcher, a Purple Heart veteran, has been invited as a special honored guest. The Salish-Kootenai Veteran Warrior Society will furnish the Honor Guard.
• At 2:30 p.m., a Veterans Day service will be held at Grizzly Peak, 3600 American Way. Honor and color guards and service participants will line up at the flagpole at 2 p.m. and walk to the dining hall. There will be a call to service by two buglers from VFW Post 209 and Bugles Across America.
The procession will be led by Celtic Dragon Pipe Band members Bob Phillips and John Haffey. The VFW Post 209 Honor Guard, American Legion Post 27 Color Guard, University of Montana ROTC Color Guard, and Knights of Columbus Patriotic Order of the 4th Degree Color Guard will be in the procession with members of the VFW and American Legion auxiliaries.
John Baugh will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Opening and closing prayers will be led by U.S. Army Sgt. Sam Redfern, the founder of United States of Hope. The keynote address will be by Vietnam veteran Jack Reneau, commander of VFW Post 209. Members of the United Veterans Council for Ravalli and Missoula counties will assist with the service. Master of ceremonies is Susan Campbell Reneau, a VFW and American Legion Auxiliary life member and member of the United Veterans Council. Call (719) 661-4037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula is open noon to 5 p.m. in honor of all men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Call 728-3476.
• The Missoula Symphony Orchestra and special guest J.K. Simmons will hold a commemorative Veterans Weekend concert, “American Salute,” at 3 p.m. in the University of Montana’s Dennison Theatre. Veterans admitted free. For tickets and more information, call 721-3194, go to missoulasymphony.org or 320 E. Main St.
• A premier screening of “Forgotten Soldiers” will be at 3:30 p.m. at the Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave. It is presented by the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History at Fort Missoula and the Mansfield Center at the University of Montana. Suggested donation is $5.
• Veterans can golf for free at the indoor simulators at Golf Headquarters Missoula, 2003 South Ave. W. Call 541-8633.
• HuHot Mongolian Grill, 3521 Brooks St., is raising money for Veterans Day to benefit Warriors & Quiet Waters, which helps wounded veterans through the power of therapeutic recreation and fly-fishing. Come support wounded veterans nationwide by adding $1 or more to your bill. HuHot will match all donations up to $1,000.
Warriors & Quiet Waters brings wounded veterans from around the U.S. to Montana for a six-day fly-fishing experience. For more information, contact Mary Halloran at (406)926-2104 or email@example.com.
• The annual Veterans Day observance at the Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St. in Hamilton, will be at 2 p.m. The program begins at the Doughboy with the laying of wreaths by veterans organizations and auxiliaries. Afterward will be a program in the courtroom on the second floor of the museum. Refreshments follow. Call 363-3338. For more information, contact the museum at 363-3338.
• The Miracle of America Museum in Polson will hold a Veterans Day celebration from noon to 6 p.m. Veterans are welcome to view original World War II footage and tour the museum. Light refreshments available. Call (406) 883-6804.
• Free lunch will be provided for veterans with an ID from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave.