Veterans Day this year falls on Sunday, and many events are also planned before and after that day. Some of those events are being put on by young students who are eager to show veterans their thanks.
Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. will be one of the speakers for a 2 p.m. Saturday ceremony and wreath laying at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park, 17111 S. Camp Williams Road in Bluffdale.
On Sunday the public is invited to a parade that starts at 11 a.m. at Murray Park, 5201 S. State.
At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, the American Preparatory Academy, 12892 S. Pony Express Road, Draper, is inviting veterans to attend its annual celebration.
Members of the Reid School's National Junior Honor Society want veterans and their families and friends to attend their multimedia presentation on Friday at 12:45 p.m., inside the school auditorium, 2965 E. 3435 South in Salt Lake City. The second such event at the school will feature original music, a teacher playing "Taps," a dramatic presentation, poetry, stories and a flag ceremony conducted by members of the Army.
"It was so wonderful that everyone has asked for it again this year," said Shuana Tateoka, school adviser for the Honor Society.
Aundria Medina, 13, a seventh-grader at the Entheos Learning Academy in Kearns, is looking forward to presenting veterans with a painting and a reading of an original poem she helped write, "Because You Were There." Medina and others from her school are inviting veterans and the public to their celebration Monday, noon to 2 p.m., at the Taylorsville Assembly Hall, 1247 W. 4800 South.
The public is invited to several events at the University of Utah, which this year is honoring 11 World War II veterans during special ceremonies.Events at the U. include:
• 8:45-10:15 a.m., panel discussion, "They Also Serve Who Stay Behind," at the Olpin Union Building, Panorama East area.
• 11 a.m., full-dress ceremony honoring 11 WWII veterans, Olpin Union Building, main ballroom,• 1 p.m., Joe Muscolino band, Big Band USO Tour, Olpin Union Building, main ballroom.
• 7 p.m., Veterans Day concert by Utah National Guard's 23rd Army Band, Huntsman Center.Veterans are also being given free admission to all National Park Service sites across the country on Sunday. In recognition of Veterans Day, active-duty military members and their families are also invited to sites such as Zion National Park free of charge. The fee waiver applies only to the cost of entry into the parks, and the offer is for Veterans Day only.
Other events include:
• Soldier Ty Norager and professional photographer Cat Palmer will display their photography and hold a special reception Monday, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Utah Arts Festival Gallery, 230 S. 500 West. The exhibit features photos Norager took while serving this year in Iraq and pieces shot by Palmer, whose images convey her push for peace in the Middle East.
• The Taylorsville Exchange Club will host a ceremony for Utah's fallen troops on Nov. 10, 10 a.m., at the Freedom Shrine, located along the Jordan River Parkway at 650 W. 4500 South in Taylorsville. Two of several speakers at the event will be relatives of military members who died while deployed.• Utah Valley organist Douglas E. Bush will direct a Veterans Day concert 7 p.m. Sunday at the Provo Tabernacle, 100 S. University Ave.