Veterans Day Events in the Flathead Valley


Veterans Day provides an opportunity for community members and students to honor and express our gratitude to our local veterans.

There are several special events taking place in the Flathead Valley next week giving everyone the opportunity to thank our living veterans who have served in war and peace, to show their appreciation for our military assets and to remember those who gave their lives to protect America. freedom.

The annual Kalispell Veterans Day Ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11 at downtown Depot Park.

Here is the schedule of events:

The ceremony will begin with the playing of patriotic music. At 11 a.m. there will be a flag raising led by the United Veterans of the Flathead Valley, followed by a welcome and Pledge of Allegiance led by Tim Carter, followed by an opening prayer led by Candy Stephens.

After Tim Carter’s opening remarks, Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Retired U.S. Army) will deliver the Veterans Day Address at 11:15 a.m., followed by the National Anthem, along with the Ceremonial Guard of honor during the playing of “Taps” at 11:34 by the United Veterans. The closing prayer will then be said with Carter’s closing remarks and the chanting of “God Bless the USA.”

VFW Post 2252 will host lunch and refreshments at noon at 330 First Ave. W. at Kalispell.

The Miracle of America Museum will honor all veterans on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, by offering them free admission to the museum. Any veteran coming to the museum that day is simply asked to identify themselves as a military veteran to receive free admission. Their spouse will also benefit from free entry.

First celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, which took place in 1918 on the “11th hour, 11th day, 11th month”.

At 11 a.m., a poem and letter from the mother of Orvill Rangeler, a corporal who died in the First World War, will be part of a small ceremony held in honor of all veterans.

The museum is located at 36094 Memory Lane in Polson and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for children ages 2-12 and $10 for adults. Children under 2 years are admitted free.

Area schools also hold the following Veterans Day ceremonies:

The Whitefish High School Student Council invites all veterans to the annual Whitefish School District Veterans Day Celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 10 in the school gymnasium. Members of the community are invited to join students in honoring local veterans. Whitefish Elementary and Middle School students will also attend. There will be special seats for veterans.

The celebration will include performances by the Whitefish High School Orchestra, Band and Choir, the special guest speaker will be a veteran and former US Navy Comm. Aldo Kuntz.

Lunch for veterans and their family members will be provided immediately after by Chef Sanders and WHS Culinary Students.

Peterson School will host its annual Veterans Day celebration on Friday, November 11, with an assembly in the school gymnasium that will include songs performed by students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Pastries and cookies will be served from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., followed by a ceremony from 8:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Sgt John Sinner. Guests will include veteran friends and family from students and the community.

Additionally, fourth-grade students participate in their annual Veterans Day service project. They collected donations for residents of Columbia Falls Veterans Home, as well as the Veterans Food Pantry.

RSVP with total number of guests in attendance to [email protected] Feel free to also include the veteran’s photo, name, and branch/rank if you wish.

Trinity Lutheran School in Kalispell will honor all veterans and friends during the Veterans Day celebration on Friday November 11th.

Trinity eighth graders will serve breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. A special assembly will follow at 11 a.m. at the Sanctuary, led by all the students.

Flathead High School will recognize the contribution of local veterans as well as the community at its school-wide Veterans Day Assembly from 9-10 a.m. on Friday, November 11.

If you would like to be a recognized and honored veteran at the assembly, contact Flathead High School 406-751-3500 ext. 3462, no later than Wednesday, November 9.

The Bigfork High School National Honor Society and History Students will host their 22nd Annual Veterans Day Meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 11 in the Bigfork High School gymnasium.

Students will present facts about the historical significance of Veterans Day, view an original video production from the BHS Journalism Class, listen to poignant letters from soldiers, honor Gold Star mothers and recite patriotic poetry.

The ‘Voice of Democracy’ winner will read their essay and the Bigfork High School Band will perform with the BHS cheerleaders serving as color guards.

The program will also be broadcast live and viewers will be able to access this service through the school’s Facebook account (Bigfork School District 38) on the day of the event.

All Veterans and the public are welcome, and refreshments will then be served to Veterans and their guests.

This year, Glacier High School will honor Veterans Day by participating in a new project that creates paracord “survival” bracelets, which will be sent to an organization called Operation Gratitude after 9/11. Operation Gratitude collects these bracelets and sends them in care packages. military and first responders. According to information provided by Operation Gratitude, a paracord bracelet can be used for several life-saving tasks, such as hanging an IV bag from a tree, securing camouflage nets, building a makeshift structure, making a sling, splint, or harness to help. an injured person.

This project was chosen as a way for students to honor military service and first responder service by providing practical equipment that can be used to aid in survival. Students will have the opportunity during the two lunches of the week from November 7 to 11 to assemble the paracord bracelets from locally purchased materials.

The GHS Wolfpack Wrestling program also honors Veterans Day (and other holidays) by erecting flags on Main Street in Kalispell. This project is done in collaboration with the Kalispell VFW, and is a strong tradition in the Wolfpack Wrestling program.


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