Friday is Veterans Day, which is set aside to formally honor those men and women who risked their lives to keep us safe. They, of course, deserve our respect and admiration every day of the year.
There will be many events over the next couple of days to honor our vets. On Saturday, Utah's largest Veterans Day parade will start at 11 a.m. at 18th Street on Washington Boulevard in Ogden. We're grateful for Ogden VFW Post 1481, which brought the parade back after a previous long tenure. There will be more than 80 units participating in the parade and a flyover over Hill Air Force Base will start the parade. After the parade, there will be a celebration at Lindquist Field in Ogden.
All veterans who served honorably and current members of the Armed Forces are invited to march in the parade and patriotic rally at Lindquist Field. Just show up before parade and participate.
Here is a list of some other activities:
On Friday night, VFW Post 1481 is hosting a Veterans Day Ball at the Roy Elks Lodge, 1875 W., 5200 South, in Roy. It will include big-band music from the Junction City Band. It starts at 7 p.m. and costs $25 per person. Dress is formal.
On Thursday, at the Regent Retirement Community, 4481 Harrison Bvld., in Ogden, at 3 p.m., author Mike Ramsdell, former counterintelligence officer specializing in Russia and the Soviet Union, will discuss his book, "A Train to Potevka." On Nov. 12, Regent will host a prime rib buffet at 5 p.m. Cost is $10 and there will also be a big-band show.
On Thursay, the Brigham City Library will have a show honoring vets at 7 p.m.
On Friday, the George E. Wahlen Veterans Nursing Home, 1102 N., 1200 West, will have a double ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. Rep. Rob Bishop will be a speaker. Also on Friday, there will be a ceremony to honor veterans at at Central Davis Junior High gymn, 663 N. Church St.
For a look at other Veterans Day-related events, go to http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/11/05/ogden-ready-host-veterans-day-events