There are plenty of ways to celebrate Veterans Day and honor those who sacrificed for your freedom. Here are a few of the many activities available surrounding Veterans Day weekend.
Friday, Nov. 9
• Grinnell Hall Senior Center, 631 Bluff St., is hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday. George W. Olson, a Navy veteran, will share his experience as he served on the destroyer USS Twiggs DD591 during WWII. The program also will include information on the veterans boxing program from former Beloit Police detective Mark Anderson, the posting of colors by ROTC students from Beloit Memorial High School and patriotic songs by The Grinnell Hall Goldenaires. Pastor Carol Taylor of United Church of Beloit will say a prayer for veterans, and Rick West, resource development director of United Way, will play Taps. Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. for those who pre-register. All veterans and their spouses will be guests of Grinnell Advisory Board. The cost for non-veterans age 60 and over is a suggested donation of $4.
• Wells-Davis-Young-Neal American Legion Post 209 in Orfordville will hold a program at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Parkview Junior/Senior High School. The public is invited to attend. The Orfordville American Legion combined color guard will be presenting the colors and firing squad will fire a 3 volley salute. The speaker will be Ronald Flug, Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy-Retired. There will be a musical selection by the Parkview choir. Upon completion of the program, a chili luncheon will be served at the Post 209 Clubhouse.
Saturday, Nov. 10
• Wells-Davis-Young-Neal American Legion Post 209 in Orfordville will hold its annual Fall Fest and Feather Party from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at 3913 Highway 213. The legion will be running raffles for poulty, meats and cheeses, 50-50 raffles, selling food and more.
• The Beloit Historical Society is hosting a Salute to Our Veterans and USO Dance with the Jack Farina Orchestra at the Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett St., from 2-6 p.m. on Nov. 10 The cost is $10 for non-members, $7 for members and free for veterans. Reservations are required. People can call 608-365-7835.
Sunday, Nov. 11
• Beloit VFW Post 2306, 2711 S. Afton Road, Beloit, will be offering a free lunch for veterans Sunday. Drinks start at 1 p.m. and the luncheon is at 2 p.m. People must sign up prior to Nov. 9. A signup sheet is available at the Post.
• The American Legion West Field Post Beloit, 236 St. Lawrence Ave., is working with the First Baptist Church of Beloit, 617 Public Ave., on a ceremony/service starting at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The congregation will do a special tribute to veterans and the Post will do a silent gun salute and play Taps. "We give our eternal gratitude for veterans and active duty members for keeping our freedom," said Clauda Bankes, adjutant/finance officer.
• South Beloit American Legion Post 288 will be hosting a small memorial in front of its location at 14978 Dorr Road followed by a luncheon at noon on Sunday. The luncheon will be for members and families although the bar will be open to the public, according to Commander Larry Gray.
• Rockton's Walter Graham Post 332, 221 W Main St., will host a veterans dinner and a 100-year celebration of the American Legion on Sunday. A presentation on the 100 year celebration starts at 5:30 p.m with dinner at 6 p.m. The event is open to all veterans. There is no cost.
• Culver's in Beloit at 2676 Cranston Road will host a Veteran's Day event starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. Speakers will include Beloit City Manager Lori Curtis Luther, Beloit Police Chief David Zibolski, Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett and Culver's founder Craig Culver.
• The MacDowell Music Club of Janesville and Kienow-Hilt VFW Post 1621 will host music and movies from World War II, a program of vintage government and Hollywood movies from the era. The show is free and at 4 p.m. Sunday at the VFW Club, 1015 Center Ave., Janesville.
• A Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in the lower Courthouse Park, Marv Roth Pavilion in Janesville. The guest speaker will be William Williams, a Vietnam veteran. There will be refreshments at 9 a.m. the inclement weather site is the Senior Citizens Center located across the street from the pavilion.
• Clinton Color Guard Detail will be marching up to the Monument from the Legion/VFW Hall. People can meet at the hall by 10:30 a.m. This is open to the public for viewing. People can be by the Monument by 11 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 12
• The Clinton Senior Center is putting on a Veterans Day dinner at 11:45 a.m. Monday which is free to veterans and their spouse or guest. People can RSVP by Nov. 7 before 1 p.m. by calling Chris Tracey at 608-676-4600 or Carol Pastorius at 608-752-3044 or 608-449-7467.