Events scheduled across region to honor veterans
These events have been scheduled in Western Pennsylvania to honor military veterans. Veterans Day is Nov. 11:
Bryan Adams, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, will present his story in a presentation titled “The Battles After War: A Soldier's Struggle With Mental Illness” at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of the William Pitt Union, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
• Subway Restaurants will make a presentation to the Wounded Warrior Project and showcase the stories of veterans returning from war at 1 p.m., Southwestern Veterans Center, 7060 Highland Drive, Lincoln-Lemington.
• Drs. David Luke and Molly O'Brien Luke of Moon Family and Cosmetic Dental will sponsor a Halloween candy buy-back program through Operation Gratitude to benefit deployed service members. The two are Air Force veterans. Children can bring unwrapped candy to the office, 960 Beaver Grade Road, Moon, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and receive $1 per pound, maximum of 5 pounds per child. Candy and toiletry items can be donated to service members at the office through Thursday during office hours. For more information, call 412-262-3190.
• Lincoln Place Presbyterian Church will host its fourth annual Veterans Breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. The pancake and sausage breakfast will be free for veterans and their spouses. Advance registration is required by calling 412-461-3377 or 412-462-6148. The church is at 1202 Muldowney Ave., Lincoln Place.
• In honor of America's veterans, the National Park Service will waive entrance fees for national park visitors from Saturday through Nov. 11. Entrance fees will not be charged at the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Gallitzin; Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Johnstown, and Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Farmington. Flight 93 National Memorial and Friendship Hill National Historic Site are free year-round.
• A Veteran's Day program at the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial, inside the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, will be held at 2 p.m. The keynote speaker will be retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Gregg Lyon, whose family's military service can be traced to the American Revolution. Fort Indiantown Gap is 23 miles from Harrisburg, off Interstate 81 in Lebanon County. For more information, call 717-865-5254 or 717-420-0623.
• The Jeannette Community Band will present its annual Veterans Day Concert in the Jeannette American Legion at 7 p.m. The Westmoreland County Community College choir will participate. The event is free. For more information, visitwww.jcbweb.com.
Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
• The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil will conduct a ceremony at 11 a.m. to honor past and present members of the military. The keynote speaker will be Col. Edward E. Metzgar, commander of the 171st Air Refueling Wing. Taps will be played during the ceremony. The South Hills Honor Guard will fire a rifle salute. A wreath will be placed in the cemetery to honor prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. Musical selections will be performed by the Canon-McMillan High School Band and Kate Matthews. The cemetery is at 1158 Morgan Road.
• A Veterans Day observance is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Veterans Monument Park at 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St. Clair. The featured speaker will be Lt. Col. Brian Schill, who retired from the Air Force in 2006 after 20 years and was a pilot with the 171st Air Refueling Wing in Findlay. The ceremony, sponsored by the municipality and the school district, will feature musical selections by the Upper St. Clair Chanteclairs and the Fort Couch Middle School band.
• The University of Pittsburgh will participate in the National Remembrance Day Roll Call on Veterans Day to honor Pennsylvania service members who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The ceremony, which will be held simultaneously at colleges and universities across the county, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in Heinz Chapel, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. A minute of silence will be observed at 11 a.m. Donations for the Wounded Warriors and Veterans Education Assistance Fund will be collected during the ceremony and on campus throughout the day.
Bryan Bender, author of the book “You Are Not Forgotten” and a writer for the Boston Globe, will participate in a book discussion and signing at 5:30 p.m. in the O'Hara Student Center, 4024 O'Hara St. in Oakland. Bender's book tells the true story of a lost World War II pilot and a modern soldier's mission to bring him home. The program is sponsored by Pitt's Office of Veterans Services, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and the Department of English.
The Scott Township Public Library will host the program “Finding the Veterans in Your Family” from 10:15 a.m. to noon. The program will feature author and historian Diane Klinefelter, who will discuss how to use government records to search for family members who served in the military. Registration is required. Call 412-429-5380 or sign up at www.scottlibrary.org.