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Veterans Day Events

OW Staff | 11/10/2011, 11:21 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10

"Where Soldiers Come From"
From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, "Where Soldiers Come From" follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men's transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from--and the way one faraway conflict changes everything. Check your local PBS station for air times.

Friday, Nov. 11

Veterans Day Breakfast
Join special guest Dick Van Dyke, in honoring all the men and women who have selflessly served Our Country for breakfast at 8:30 am at the U.S. VETS - Los Angeles Dining Hall, 733 S. Hindry Ave., Inglewood.

Fun and Fundraising
On Friday, Nov. 11 at 12-4 p.m. Gardena VFW Post and Auxiliary 3261 will host fundraiser at the Veterans of Foreign Post, 1822 w. 162nd St., Gardena. There will be bingo at 1 p.m. as well as food for sale. The menu consists of ribs, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, and watermelon for $10 or hamburgers or hotdogs with trimmings, baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, and cole slaw for $7. There will be a discount for veterans with an ID, but everyone is welcome.

USC will hold several events as part of its two week-long celebration of veterans. Beginning at 9 a.m., students and staff will host a remembrance day national roll call, reading the names of more than 6,200 fallen servicemen and women.
At 11 a.m., USC and colleges nationwide will observe a minute of silence. Hahn Plaza, across from Tommy Trojan.
At 12:30 p.m., author Thomas Steinbeck will discuss his book "The Silver Lotus," and his experience as a Vietnam veteran. USC's Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway.
At 5 p.m., veterans from around USC will be recognized for their service. Radisson Hotel at USC, 3540 S. Figueroa St.

Veterans Day Ceremony
The city of Commerce will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 10 am in Veterans Memorial Park, 6364 Zindell Ave.

52nd Annual Veterans Day Program
Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills' 52nd annual Veterans Day program will include a reading of the Presidential Proclamation by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, an aerial performance by the Golden Stars Skydiving Team and music by the Notre Dame High School marching band. Capt. Justin Babcock, company commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Company, will serve as the keynote speaker. Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. at 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.

West Hollywood's 11th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
West Hollywood resident Jeric Wilhelmsen, commander of the Hollywood American Legion Post 43, is scheduled to speak. Sal Guarriello Veterans Memorial, Holloway Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard.

Annual Veterans Day Program at the Ronald Regan Library
To honor the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will be hosting its annual Veterans Day Event. The day's activities include a flyover, live musical entertainment and a program honoring all branches of our military. This year's keynote speaker is Navy Seal Eric Greitens. All veterans and military members with valid ID will receive free admission to the Museum & Air Force One Pavilion. Ceremonies begin at 10:30 am at 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley. For more information, please call 805-522-2977.

Redondo Beach Veterans Day Service & Elks BBQ
Sponsored by the City of Redondo Beach, Redondo Beach Elks Lodge #1378 and the Redondo Veterans Memorial Task Force, Redondo Beach will observe Veterans Day at the new Veterans Memorial Park at 1 pm at 300 Esplanade (corner of Torrance Blvd. & Catalina near the Pier), Redondo Beach. The solemn observance will include reflection and remembrance, music, commentary and honors to all those members of the military who have served their country.
Participants include local elected officials and military dignitaries. The Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC is supporting the event. Donations and contributions are still being accepted for the Redondo Beach Veterans Memorial. Sponsorships available along with the purchase of Memorial Bricks. See www.RBVeteransMemorial.com for more information.
The service will be followed by a BBQ picnic sponsored by the Redondo Elks. The BBQ is free for all veterans and members of the military. A $5 donation is recommended.
This event is open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 21

Honoring Women

There are more than 2 million women veterans trying to transition from being at war to being back home. On Nov. 21 from 5-7 p.m. a special event honoring women veterans will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. Women will be able to get resources from organizations serving and advocating for veterans.