Many activities are planned to honor America's military on Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11. Some groups have planned events before the holiday. Here's a rundown of some early celebrations and ones that require advance tickets:
» Everyone is invited to a Veterans Day program at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lincoln's VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic. Retired Navy Rear Adm. Jim Partington will be the keynote speaker. Lincoln Northeast High School's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard will participate. A light lunch will be available after the program.
» Iowa Workforce Development, 300 West Broadway, Suite 13 in Council Bluffs' Omni Centre Business Park, will host a Salute to Veterans. It will run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Refreshments will be served.
» The Air Force Heartland of America Band's Brass in Blue, a symphonic brass ensemble, will present a concert honoring veterans at 2 p.m. Nov. 11, but you'll need to get tickets beforehand. The free concert, which is open to the public, will be at the Orpheum Theater.
Tickets are available at Omaha.com/community. Patrons are encouraged to use the “print at home” option to receive their tickets and save postage. Tickets also are available in person at the Ticket Omaha box office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets. A maximum of four tickets per order is available.
» Advance reservations are urged for “V-Day 11.11.11,” a new documentary honoring the 22 million U.S. veterans. Award-winning director John C.P. Goheen's film will be shown Nov. 11 at the Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, Neb. This feature-length film highlights stories of the men and women who protect and defend our country. The footage creates a quilt of stories about the experiences of being a veteran.
The stories of the profiled veterans are punctuated by a roundtable of veterans who share insights and memories of serving their country and the brotherhood of military personnel. The film will be shown at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Make reservations by calling Angela Roeber at 402-944-3100, ext. 220. Regular museum admission rates also apply. No refunds will be given.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax