LOCAL

Nov. 8 Veterans Day Reception at the Fort Smith Museum of History—11 a.m. Join the Fort Smith Museum of History in honoring our veterans. All veterans and their families are invited to share stories and refreshments. View photos, uniforms and memorabilia from past Veterans Day exhibits. Taped interviews with local veterans conducted by the Fort Smith Historical Society are available in the Grifin Theater. Free Hot Dog Lunch for Veterans—Fort Smith Radiation Oncology, 8500 S. 36th Terrace, Fort Smith, AR, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. In celebration of Veterans Day, Dr. Kris Gast and Fort Smith Radiation Oncology will be hosting a free hot dog lunch to honor all veterans. Lunch will include grilled hot dogs prepared by the staff, chips, drink and dessert. Also raffle tickets for a YETI 14.3 gallon Tundra 65 cooler will be available. The drawing will be held Dec. 3 with all proceeds to benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 42. Free Dinner of Thanksgiving for Veterans—Fort Smith Elks Lodge #341, 5504 Massard Road, 6 p.m. This free Dinner of Thanksgiving is for all Veterans and their immediate families. Dinner will include turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings, plus drinks and homemade desserts. After dinner, there will be musical entertainment for dancing or your listening enjoyment. This evening is completely free because you and your family have already paid the price. Come to the Elks Lodge and let us thank you and your family for your service and the many sacrifices made with a delicious Dinner of Thanksgiving.

Nov 9. Chaffee Crossing Veterans Day Parade, 1:30 p.m. The Sebastian/Crawford County Veterans Coalition Committee and Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority are holding the second annual Veterans Day Parade at Chaffee Crossing. The parade will begin at 1:30pm on November 9, 2013, in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District, Fort Smith, Ark. More than 100 entries have been scheduled to date. All area veterans and the public are invited to attend the parade, appropriately located in the Chaffee Crossing Historic District that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Nov. 10 Veterans Day Program in Hartford. The 15th Annual Veterans Day Program will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. in the Veterans Honor Park in Hartford. The activities will begin with a pot luck dinner directly after church services around 12:20 at the Senior Center. There will also be a parade and a patriotic musical. For more information, please contact Sherry Barnes at 918-658-3976.

Nov. 11 Van Buren Veterans Day Parade, Main Street, Van Buren, 6:30 p.m. 12th Annual Parade honors all veterans, past and present, military personnel, and all service personnel. Local schools are also honoring Veterans on Nov. 11. East Pointe Elementary School in Greenwood, 8:30 a.m. Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood, 8:30 a.m. Greenwood High School, Greenwood Junior High School & East Hills Middle School, 10:30 a.m. in the Greenwood Performing Arts Center (PAC). Hackett School District in the Hackett High School Gym at 1 p.m.

STATEWIDE

Nov. 7 The Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, will be placing Flags for Veterans Day on each grave on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. (Rain day is Friday, Nov. 8. Flags will be picked up on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. (Rain day is Wednesday, Nov. 13.)

Nov. 8 Veterans Day Dinner at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville; social hour (mix and mingle) time from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The LRAFB Honor Guard will post the colors at 7 p.m. The invitation is extended to the base. Dress is business casual, uniforms are optional wear for the dinner. For cost and more information, contact Robert Curtis at (501) 259-3883.

Nov. 9 8th Annual Military Ball – Jonesboro; St. Bernard’s Auditorium, 505 East Washington Ave., 6 p.m. Tickets sold individually or by table (Seating for 8). Tables are $225 each, individual $30 each. Ticket sales will end Oct. 25, 2013. Contact Bob Schoenborn 870-934-8792 or Vermalene Smith 870-219-6204. Captain Andrew R. Porter Memorial Ceremony; Oaklawn Cemetery, Batesville; 11a.m.; sponsored by Mt. Zion Lodge 10 a.m.; For information, contact ozarkyankee@gmail.com or 870-834-3218. The LRAFB Green Knights and 1st SGT’s Council will present the 2013 Reagan Whaley Memorial Diaper Run, benefitting the Airmen and families of LRAFB, on Nov. 9. All bikes and organizations are welcome. See the flyer attached to this email, or contact Michael Williamson at (207) 332-1063. Veterans Day Blues Concert sponsored by NLR Sertoma Club; North Little Rock Riverfront Park, 12:30 -11 p.m.; wreath ceremony; motorcycle brigade; musical acts begin on stage at 3 p.m.; blues jam slated for the last hour, musicians encouraged to bring instruments; Admission $10; No alcohol, no coolers, lawn chairs and blankets welcome; (501) 952-5168 or james@jwstanleylaw.com

Nov. 10 Veterans Appreciation Day at the Museum of Discovery; Veterans and active military (with proper) ID get in FREE at the museum and can get up to three others in free with them. A Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville. The parade will honor women in service. Women Veterans interested in marching in the parade can contact Steve Gray. Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison, U.S. Senator John Boozman, at (479) 725-0400 or by email at Steve_Gray@boozman.senate.gov. Parade lineup will be two blocks west of the town square on Mountain Street and Locust one hour before. A concert in the Town Center is set for 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Nov. 11 Little Rock Veterans Day Ceremony – River Market East Pavilion; Little Rock 11 a.m. North Little Rock Veterans Day Ceremony — North Little Rock Veterans Memorial located in Laman Plaza, 2801 Orange Street, 2 p.m. Veterans’ Day ceremony, 11 a.m.,Veterans’ Health Care System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, AR, Auditorium, Bldg. 3 The Clinton Library will honor Veterans Day with a special free admission day for all guests.

Nov. 14 Community Outreach program, Crossett, AR, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Set up is 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided to vendors only; each vendor will be required to give a 45-minute presentation w/questions and answers on the services that they will be providing at the event. Call Penny Fogle at (501) 324-7379 Ext: 238.

Nov. 15 ARVets Salute Gala Planned. ARVets requests the honor of your presence at our inaugural event SALUTE benefiting Arkansas Veterans and their families at a Gala on Friday, Nov. 15 at the Governor’s Mansion, 1800 Center Street, in Little Rock. Salute honorees (to be announced at the event) are Outstanding Veteran Community Organization; Outstanding Veteran Employer; Exemplary Post 9/11 Veteran; Exemplary Pre 9/11 Veteran; Outstanding Veteran Family Member. The emcee is Alyse Eady, Today’s THV, and guest speaker is Gregory Goodale, Veteran Advocate OEF/OIF Combat Veteran. For tickets or more information, contact Nicole Hart at (501) 246-5341. Arkansas Veterans Coalition meeting 10 a.m. at state VFW Headquarters in Sherwood.

Nov. 16 Celebration and activities honoring Month of the Military Family; LRAFB Warfit Pavilion; 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; For more information, contact Airman & Family Readiness Center (501) 987-2667.

Dec. 14 Wreaths Across America Day, Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at North Little Rock. Wreaths Across America is a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. National Wreaths Across America Day, will be Saturday, Dec. 14. The organization’s mission, Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as hundreds of veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org. To make a donation to the Arkansas State Cemetery at North Little Rock, go to http://waa.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1154&pg=entry#.UnKsaEko5Ms and use the code ARSVCN. This code must also accompany ANY orders of wreaths for the cemetery. If this code isn’t specified, the wreath will go to a general fund.