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Free Utah Valley events to celebrate Veterans Day

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Helmets, boots and dog tags representing the branches of the United States military were displayed at the Provo Memorial Day service. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Veterans Day is a day to honor and pay tribute to veterans and military personnel. While Veterans Day lands on Saturday this year, many cities and organizations have spread their events over Friday and Saturday. Here are a few 2017 Veterans Day events in Utah Valley:

American Fork

Using the theme, “All Gave Some, Some Gave All,” American Fork’s annual Veterans Day program will feature keynote speaker Lt. Colonel Matt Price. The musical number will be performed by the AF High Chamber Choir.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Where: 
American Fork Junior High 
Cost: 
FREE
Site:
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Lehi – Stand Quietly

In 2014, Jonathan Walker was in his Army uniform, standing on the Lehi 500 East bridge over I-15 alone, saluting, with cars passing under and behind him. Now three years later, Lehi residents crowd that bridge alongside Walker to honor veterans. The Veterans Day movement is called Stand Quietly.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Where: 
500 East bridge in Lehi
Cost: 
FREE
Site: 
Facebook

Orem

Orem Veterans Day Program

Orem City will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday morning. Col. Andrew Wood will give the keynote address. Plus, Miss Orem and the Orem Community Band will provide the musical performances. BYU ROTC will perform the silent drill.

When: Friday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
Where: 
Orem City Cemetery
Cost: 
FREE
Site:
Facebook

Veterans Day Address

Elder Lance B. Wickman, a former United States Army Ranger and emeritus general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will give the keynote address at Utah Valley University.

When: Friday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.
Where: 
Ragan Theatre, UVU campus
Cost: 
FREE
Site:
uvu.edu

“Celebration of Veterans”

Besides musical numbers in a USO-style show, the SCERA will host Ken and Carol Bona as the keynote speakers during the “Celebration of Veterans.” When he was just 16 years old, Ken Bona joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in two tours to Vietnam. Following the event, the Orem Heritage Museum — which has a whole room filled with military and veterans displays — will also be open for free tours.

When: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.
Where: 
SCERA
Cost: 
FREE
Site: scera.org

Pleasant Grove

The annual Veterans Day Memorial program will be held at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

When: Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Where: 
Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Cost: 
FREE
Site:
plgrove.org

Provo

The American Freedom Festival’s annual Veterans Day celebration is planned by Timpview High School students with the Provo City Veterans Council overseeing the youth. As part of the program, Timpview High School Symphonic Band and Timpview Quartet will perform the musical numbers. Miss Provo Laken Hemsley will give the Pledge of Allegiance, students Abby and Summer Lundberg will sing the National Anthem, students from Timpview High School will spotlight honored veterans, and the keynote speaker will be Steven Shallenberger.

Following the program, veterans and their immediate family are invited to attend a free lunch provided by Costa Vida at 11 a.m. Veterans planning to attend the free luncheon should RSVP to Timpview’s main office at 801-221-9720.

When: Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.
Where: 
Timpview High School
Cost: 
FREE
Site:
provomayor.com

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