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Tri-Cities, others abound with Veterans Day observances

If you're looking for events to celebrate Veterans Day this week, you can go to a concert, a presentation by a crew chief on a B-17 during World War II, a memorial dedication at Prescott High School, a veterans roll call at Yavapai College and the traditional Veterans Day parade that will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this year.

The parade, which is usually hosted by the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, was moved to Embry-Riddle this year because of ongoing road construction around the Bob Stump Memorial VA Medical Center, said Ame Callahan, Northern Arizona VA Health Care System spokeswoman.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday at Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus at 3700 Willow Creek Road. It is recommended that people arrive by 10:45 a.m. so they have time to park and walk to the parade area.

A pre-parade concert featuring the John Hafer Octet, will begin at 10 a.m., and volunteers will be on hand to help direct traffic and answer questions.

On Tuesday, everyone is invited to a free Veterans Appreciation Concert by the Arizona National Guard's 108th Army Band from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Embry-Riddle's Activity Center. The concert will include guest presentations and a mixture of contemporary and traditional patriotic music.

"The Veterans Appreciation Concert is our way of saying thank you, remembering the sacrifice and honoring all that have served and currently serve," said Dr. Frank Ayers, executive vice president and chief academic officer for Embry-Riddle's Prescott campus.

On Wednesday evening, the community is invited to the dedication of a memorial honoring Prescott High School alumni who gave their lives for their country, said Air Force Reserves Col. Denny Peeples, adviser to the Air Force JROTC unit at Prescott High School. The ceremony starts at 5 p.m. next to the office.

Afterward, people can attend a free presentation by World War II veteran Lou Roffman, who will talk about what the war in the Pacific was really like, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Embry-Riddle's Davis Learning Center Auditorium.

On Thursday, the community is encouraged to attend Yavapai College's National Roll Call, which honors American service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan by reading their names, said Deborah Pfingston, program manager of Veterans Upward Bound at Yavapai College. The roll call begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon Street in the front quad between the library and Building 1.

Also, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10227 and the Auxiliary will distribute poppies to remember veterans at supermarkets in the Prescott Valley area that day.

The post also displays flags along the north side of Highway 69 to honor veterans, and the American Legion displays flags on the south side of the Highway in honor of Veterans Day.

Schedule of events

Thursday, Nov. 10:

Prescott High School Veterans Honor Wall: Community members, students and school staff are invited to view a portable wall near the front office from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the names of 3,000 local veterans who have served their country. Air Force JROTC members will guard the wall throughout the school day. For more information, call (928) 445-2322 extension 164.

Remembrance Day National Roll Call: Yavapai College campus and community volunteers will honor American service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade by reading their names at the Prescott campus at 1100 E. Sheldon Street beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the front quad between the library and Building 1 and finishing at 5 p.m. For more information, please call 928-717-7688.

Musical Instrument Museum Concert in Phoenix: The Arizona National Guard's 108th Army Band will perform a mixture of traditional and contemporary music, including military marches, folk tunes, and today's rock at a concert at 1 p.m. in the main courtyard of the museum located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix. For more information, please call 480-478-6000.

NAU Veterans Day Roll Call in Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University's Military and Veterans Center will read aloud more than 6,300 names of American soldiers who have died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last decade. The roll call will be on Northern Arizona University's campus in Flagstaff in the Health and Learning Center's third floor lounge, located in the northwest corner of the building. The reading will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is expected to last four hours. For more information, please call (928) 523-0611.

Friday, Nov. 11:

Veterans Day Parade: The parade will be held at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this year because of ongoing road construction along the traditional parade route at the Bob Stump Memorial Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. It is recommended that people arrive by 10:45 to find a place to sit and view the parade. For more information, please call Voluntary Services at 928-445-4860.

Fees waived at all national parks: Entrance fees will be waived at the Grand Canyon and all national parks on Veterans Day weekend from Nov. 11-13. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

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