Veterans will be honored or assisted in various events across Whatcom County over the next week. All of the events listed are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
NOEMI BAN AT BELLINGHAM CHRISTIAN
10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8
Bellingham Christian School, 1600 E. Sunset Drive.
Holocaust survivor Noemi Ban will be the special guest speaker at Bellingham Christian School's annual Veterans Day program honoring those serving or who have served in the military. Veterans and troops are encouraged to wear their uniforms, hats or medals. A special musical tribute to World War II is planned.
Noon Friday, Nov. 8
Viking Union Multipurpose Room, Western Washington University.
WWU Provost Brent Carbajal; student and former U.S. Navy Fleet Marine Corpsman Chanan Suarez; Western Veterans' Outreach Center coordinator and former U.S. Navy submarine veteran Jesse Atkins, and Gold Star mother and veterans' advocate Doris Kent will be among the speakers at a ceremony honoring veterans. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. Parking enforcement will be suspended at all lots from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday to allow the community to attend for free. For those who can't attend, a live video stream will be at ustream.tv/channel/wwu-live-events1. WWU is closed Monday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.
SENIOR CENTER VETERANS' BREAKFAST
8-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
Bellingham Senior Activity Center, 315 Halleck St.
The senior center will be hosting a Veterans' Breakfast open to everyone. Choice of pancakes, oatmeal or biscuits and gravy. Each meal is served with scrambled eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and milk. Cost: $3 veterans; 6 adults; $3.50 children; or $13.50 for a family up to two adults and three children. All proceeds benefit the senior center and its programs.
ASSISTANCE FOR VETERANS
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9
Blaine library, 610 3rd St.
Veterans wanting help with learning about benefits they are eligible for, signing up for Veterans Administration health care or getting copies of their military discharge papers can attend a free event. The Whatcom County Veteran Navigator Program will help veterans and their families. Bring your military discharge document if you have it.
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St., Bellingham.
The ninth annual Musical Salute to Veterans will have a special theme this year as it commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. Songs from 1964-75 that were popular among the troops will be preformed by local singers and musical groups such as the Mt Baker Toppers, Joe Young and the Starlighters, Double Deuce, Geoff Morgan, and Bobby Lee and the New Originals.
Tickets available only at the Mount Baker box office; go online to mountbakertheatre.com or call 360-734-6080. Reserved seating $15/ $18/ $24. The show is free to members in uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves and National Guard.
FEES WAIVED AT STATE PARKS
In honor of Veterans Day, no Discover Pass is required for state parks, including the three in Whatcom County: Birch Bay State Park, Larrabee State Park and Peace Arch State Park.
SPEAKEASY 12 POETRY READING
7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10
Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.
This reading will be dedicated to the poetry of the war experience. Writers will read original poems along with work selected from other writers. Most pieces express the deeply personal impact that war inflicts, not only on those directly involved, but also on family, friends and community. Admission is free; donations accepted.
9 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m. program, Monday, Nov. 11
Car and motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to gather for breakfast at Cedars Restaurant, 2019 Main St., followed by a ride to the Ferndale American Legion Hall, 5537 Second Ave., weather permitting. At 11 a.m., a short program honoring veterans will begin at the hall. The chiefs of Ferndale Police Department and Whatcom County Fire District 7 will be honored. Guest speaker is Brian Urban. Refreshments served after the program.
11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11
Mount Baker High School Auditorium, 4936 Deming Road, Deming.
The 10th annual Deming Veterans Day Commemoration by Wendall H. Fidele American Legion Post 83 will honor Gordon Kelly, who commanded the post from 1989 to 2007. Doris Kent, a Gold Star mother and volunteer veteran service officer, also will speak.
Veterans and active duty military encouraged to attend.
AMERICAN LEGION CEREMONY
11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11
Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St.
Veterans to be honored by Albert J. Hamilton American Legion Post 7 at a. ceremony in the City Hall lobby. Music begins at 10:30 a.m. with ceremony at 11 featuring keynote speaker retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jerry Couchman. Bellingham High School Alumni Band and the school's pipe band are scheduled to perform.
CHARTER COLLEGE CEREMONY
1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11
Charter College, 410 W. Bakerview Road, Suite 112, Bellingham.
Charter College and KGMI radio host a Veterans Day celebration that includes local dignitaries and a talk on GI education benefits. Free buffet lunch and an iPad giveaway. All veterans in attendance will receive a thank you gift.
VFW POST 1585
1-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11
VFW Hall, 625 N. State St., Bellingham
All veterans are welcome at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post for salad, soup and sandwiches, and meet other veterans.
LIONS CLUB VETERANS DINNER
6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14; reservations required.
Lynden Community Center, 401 Grover St.
The Lynden Lions Club and Lynden Community Center are hosting the annual Veterans Day dinner and program. Dinner is free for veterans and $6 for anyone else. Reserve your spot by Friday, Nov. 8, by calling 360-354-4703. Seats are limited.
NOTE: For those who are willing to drive to the Seattle area, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall will be in Auburn through the weekend. It will be open 24 hours a day Nov. 8-11 at Veterans Memorial Park, 411 E St. NE. For more information, go online to auburnwa.gov/events.