Area veterans from all wars will be honored this week and next in activities celebrating their service to the nation.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive day-use fees for all veterans and active and reserve service members and their families at their recreation areas nationally on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11.
Other celebrations include:
Pre-Veterans Day events
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Downtown Wichita Veterans Day Parade — 11 a.m. Saturday, starts at Main and Murdock and ends at Century II. The parade will begin with a flyover by F-16s from the Oklahoma Air National Guard and by the Jayhawk Commemorative Air Force. Honorees are the Gold Star Mothers and Families, and Honor Flight World War II veterans.
For more information, call Lt. Col. Michael George, 316-973-7284.
Valley Center Veterans Day Celebration — Civil War encampment, military memorabilia displays, veterans’ history videos, tribute to armed forces, Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Lions Park, 316 S. Abilene, Valley Center. Staff Sgt. Patrick Miller, U.S. Army and former POW, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Historical re-enactments and live entertainment at 1:30 p.m., LifePoint Church, 400 S. Abilene, Valley Center. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, 401 S. Meridian, Valley Center. Handicap-accessible shuttle available from the church to Veterans Park. Free. For more information, call 316-838-3329.
El Dorado’s Celebration of Freedom Parade — 11 a.m. Saturday from Gordy and Ash north to Central, west to High Street, north to Third, west to Orchard and concluding at Galen Blackmore Stadium, 1216 W. Third St. Celebration continues with free hot-dog feed, military equipment display and marching band review. Free. For more information, call 316-320-2210.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11
Veterans Field at WSU — 10:45 a.m. at Cessna Stadium. Before Cessna Stadium, the Shockers used to play football on Veterans Field. This year, WSU will host a Veterans Field celebration in Cessna Stadium. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Champions Club in Koch Arena.
Veterans throughout the region are encouraged to attend. Reserved parking for the event will be available on the northwest side of Cessna Stadium. People are asked to enter on the west side of Cessna Stadium.
The program will include a presentation of colors, rededication of the original Veterans Field plaque, speakers and the singing of the national anthem. A flyover is also planned.
For more information, call 316-978-3142.
Veterans Day celebration in Douglass — 10 a.m., Sisk Middle School in Douglass. Program will honor all branches of the military plus firefighters, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians and American Red Cross volunteers. The program will be at the Douglass Sports Complex, on the north side of the school.
Featured speaker will be Harold Scheaffer of the Joe Foss Foundation and a representative of McConnell Air Force Base. Music will include the Sisk Middle School choir and the Douglass High School Madrigals. There will be displays from the Augusta Air Museum and the Douglass Historical Museum. Tables will be available for people who would like to share pictures, medals and other memorabilia of family members.
Military and support group family members are asked to meet in the lobby of the Douglass Sports Complex no later than 9:30 a.m. that day to receive instructions for the opening ceremonies.
For more information, call Sisk Middle School at 316-747-3340.
Haysville — 10:30 a.m., the Keever-Wire Post 6957 will host an observance at Haysville City Hall. For more information, call City Hall at 316-529-5900.
Halstead celebration — 1 p.m., Halstead High School will host a USO-style Veterans Day celebration in tribute to veterans and active-duty troops, with music, humor, and performances from Halstead High students, faculty and local notables.
All armed services veterans and their guest are welcome. The event starts with a complimentary lunch at 11:30 a.m., and performances start at 1 p.m. at the high school, 521 W. Sixth St. in Halstead.
For more information or to reserve a place at lunch, call 316-835-2682.
Post-Veterans Day event
Wichita Intertribal Warriors’ Society Veterans Day Powwow — Beginning at 1 p.m. Nov. 13, the society will host a powwow at the Mid-America All-Indian Center, 650 N. Seneca. Gourd dancing is scheduled from 1 to 5:30 p.m.; intertribal dancing will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The powwow will continue at 1 p.m. Nov. 14. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call David Burditt after 5 p.m. at 316-209-7339.