Western Montanans will gather Tuesday and Wednesday to honor their family, friends and neighbors who have served this country in the military. Here is a look at some events planned, as provided by Missoulian readers.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
Veterans celebration program and lunch, 11 a.m., Glacier View School, 36332 Mud Creek Lane, Ronan. All veterans invited. Call 360-2562.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
IHOP, 3700 N. Reserve St., will serve a stack of red, white and blue pancakes – buttermilk pancakes crowned with glazed strawberries, blueberry compote and whipped topping – free for veterans and active duty military from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Veterans Day observance, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ravalli County Museum, 205 Bedford St., Hamilton.
Following the laying of the wreaths is a courtroom presentation, with refreshments to follow.
Call 363-3338 or visit brvshmuseum.org.
An indoor Veterans Day service will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. at Grizzly Peak Independent Living, 3600 American Way. Keynote speaker: Major General Matthew T. Quinn, adjutant general for Montana and commander of the Montana National Guard and director of the Department of Military Affairs.
Call 544-1707 for more information.
Veterans Day service, 11 a.m., Missoula County Courthouse. The theme is "So You Think the Battle is Over?" Speakers include Sen. Jon Tester, Missoula County Commissioner Jean Curtiss, Mayor John Engen and Post 101 adjutant/ceremony organizer Dan Gallagher. The U.S. flag will be raised at 11 a.m. Loyola Sacred Heart High School senior Emma Franz will sing the national anthem.
Following the ceremony, Post 101 will provide free meals to veterans, veterans' families and other attending the ceremony at the Old Post Pub, 103 W. Spruce St.
Call 240-4471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Veterans Day assembly for third- to sixth-graders will be held from 10:15-11 a.m. in the intermediate gym on the south campus of Frenchtown School District. All veterans from the local area are encouraged to attend.
RSVP to 626-2620 or 626-2622. Coffee, pie and ice cream will be served in the band room following the assembly.
On Veterans Day, the WestSlope Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be honoring all vets at our monthly chapter meeting by offering free membership to all vets who are not members. The meeting, featuring a speaker on Tenkara fly fishing, will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel, with fly tying at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited and the program is free. For more information about our organization and the program, visit westslopechaptertu.org/.
The documentary "Out on a Limb" by T-Bar films premieres at 7 p.m. at the Top Hat Lounge, 134 W. Front St. The film features Bozeman one-legged extreme skier Vasu Sojitra.
Warren Miller's "Cimb to Glory" about World Ward II ski troopers, plus a documentary short about the beginning of recreational alpine skiing, will be shown. Tickets are $10 for kids and $15 for adults in advance or $17 at the door, available at tophatlounge.com.
The Western Montana Chapter of Veterans for Peace will gather near the Vietnam War Memorial in Missoula’s Rose Park (Mount Avenue and Blaine) to commemorate the World War I Armistice from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. The public is welcome. Members will read poetry and remember fallen friends and relatives. All who attend are invited to share their thoughts as well.
Missoula Aging Services will honor its veterans who are members of the Senior Corps programs, as well as Senior Corps volunteers who serve veterans, in a special ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 2303 South Ave. W.
The event is one of many that will take place across the country, as the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal program which oversees Senior Corps, recognizes these dedicated individuals as members of the National Veteran Corps. In Missoula, 245 Senior Corps volunteers have been invited to receive lapel pins at the ceremony. Of those, 78 are veterans.
Locally, Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and RSVP volunteers serve veterans and military troops as drivers for the Disabled American Veterans transportation van, clerical support at the Montana Veterans Affairs Division, mentors through the Veterans Court and with their participation in holiday drives which support active troops.
The ceremony will include remarks received from Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester, along with the national anthem sung by a veteran.
The Man Shop, located at 1124 W. Central Ave., is offering free haircuts to all active military and retired veterans. Call 406-926-2740.