Veterans Day 2017: Honor veterans, current military members with these events

Thursday , November 09, 2017 - 5:15 AM

AMANDA JOHNSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here’s a look at Veterans Day events around Northern Utah, including a parade, memorials, dinners and more.


What: Syracuse Arts Academy is proud to honor the men and women in the military by hosting special Veterans Day celebrations at each of its buildings. Veterans and those wishing to help pay tribute to veterans are invited to join us for the celebrations.

Syracuse Arts Academy Antelope Campus is hosting a continental breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. in the junior high cafeteria. Following the breakfast, elementary students will be performing a special program at 8:30 a.m. in the elementary gymnasium, which will also include the Junior High Honor Guard flag raising ceremony. Following the flag raising, at 9:45 a.m., the junior high will hold an assembly honoring veterans. Veterans are invited to come participate in the programs and to visit classrooms to share personal stories and experiences.

At 9 a.m., Syracuse Arts Academy North Campus (357 S. 1550 West, Syracuse) is holding a special concert for all military service members. Local trumpet player, Nora Smith, is the special guest artist for the concert.

When and where: 7:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10; Syracuse Arts Academy Antelope Campus, 2893 W. 1700 South, Syracuse.


What: Roy Elementary honors veterans and the military with a special assembly. The assembly features a flag ceremony and performance, songs and videos. Ogden Chief of Police Randy Watt is the guest speaker. In addition, Utah PTA President Jeana Stockdale, disabled American veterans Senior Vice Commander Tom Montez and Junior Vice Commander Jerry Estes and American Legion veteran Cary Fisher will speak.

When and where: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10; Roy Elementary, 2888 W. 5600 South, Roy. 


What: Just past midnight on July 30, 1945, young Lance Corporal Edgar Harrell found himself rocked by the first of four Japanese torpedoes hitting the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis. What followed was 10 minutes of shock as the proud, former flagship of the US Navy sank – so rapidly that no distress call was even made. Then, five days and nights of sheer terror, as roughly 600 crew members were eaten by sharks, literally.

Mr. Edgar Harrell, now a 93-year old veteran, will visit Utah and share his story. He has announced, that at his age that his speaking engagements in November will be the final of his life’s journey. Mr. Harrell has written a book with his experience, with an autographed copy selling for $25. All proceeds directly pay for Mr. Harrell’s travel and lodging.

When and where: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov.10; Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Tickets at $10


What: This year the program will be held in Commons Park at the site of the Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica. The commemoration, which includes guest speakers, along with patriotic presentations, musical performances and refreshments, is free to attend and open to the public. The Vietnam Memorial Wall Groundbreaking Ceremony will take place at the conclusion of the commemoration program. Believed to be the largest replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall west of the Mississippi River, the Vietnam Wall Replica will be permanently displayed in Commons Park to honor all veterans of the Vietnam War.

When and where: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.11; Layton Commons Park, 437 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton.


What: A dinner and dance in honor of all veterans. Korene & Horse Brothers will be playing live. Dinner starts at 6 p.m, followed by a program and the band.

When and where: 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov.11; Eagles Lodge & Campground, FOE #2472, 975 Wall Ave., Ogden.


What: Yearly Veterans Day beef stew for all Post 8307 VFW and auxiliary members, friends and comrades, all veterans. This year will be a District 3 fundraiser for both the VFW and its auxiliary. $2-3 donation for stew, rolls and desserts.

When and where: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov.11; VFW Post 8307, 1389 N. Main St., Layton.


What: Northern Utah’s Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) host their 12th annual Veterans Day parade. The parade, touted as the largest Veterans Parade in Utah, will proceed through Layton City to Layton Commons Park, the future site of the Vietnam Memorial Wall Replica. All community organizations, as well as veterans groups, are invited to participate in the parade. Being a veterans group is not required to participate in the parade, just a desire to say thank you to all veterans. No political statements or references will be allowed in the parade.

When and where: 11:11 a.m. Saturday, Nov.11; from Talbot St. and Elm St. to Layton Commons Park, 437 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton.


What: Kaysville City is happy to celebrate those that have served our country. In the Davis High School commons area, veterans and their families will be recognized for their service to our great country followed by a light lunch. Layne Flake and his wife will be the guest speakers.

When and where: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov.11; Davis High School, 325 S. Main St., Kaysville.


What: West Point holds its first veterans memorial service at its newly dedicated, beautiful military memorial. The speaker will be Chief Warrant Officer John Harry Trease, United States Army Retired.  Chief Trease is a Purple Heart recipient while an Infantryman in Vietnam. He later attended flight training, was commissioned and flew helicopters during Desert Storm.  While Chief Trease no longer lives in West Point, he was one of the original Military Memorial Committee members.

When and where: 10:50-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov.11; West Point Military Memorial, 3200 W. 300 North, West Point.

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