Events scheduled across region to honor veterans
• Chartiers Valley Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony is at 10:10 a.m. at the high school entrance, 50 Thoms Run Road, Bridgeville. The chorus will sing patriotic songs, and there will be a reading of the military records and accomplishments of some of the veterans. Veterans are invited to stay for lunch and share their experiences with social studies classes.
• Wreaths will be placed to honor veterans at 11 a.m., VFW Post 781, 100 Billot Ave., Route 30, North Huntingdon. Invocation is by Chaplain “Biz” Watson. Norwin High School Orchestra String Quartet and luncheon will follow.
• Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust Inc. will honor veterans by offering free admission to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland.
• Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Pittsburgh begins at 10:30 a.m. at Grant Street and Liberty Avenue. It will travel on Liberty Avenue to Wood Street and end at the reviewing stand at noon on the Boulevard of the Allies at Stanwix Street. Parade grand marshal will be Coast Guard Cmdr. Lindsay N. Weaver.
• The Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 9 a.m. at the VA Butler Healthcare Auditorium, 325 New Castle Road. Sponsored by Butler County's Veteran Services, the ceremony includes the presentation of colors, musical selections, remarks by the veteran of the year, a rifle salute, and more. All are invited.
• Sport Clips Haircuts will host the company's annual Veterans Day Cut-a-Thon. A dollar from each haircut will support scholarships for veterans.
• Veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free sandwich from 4 p.m. to close at all Primanti Bros. locations. Guests must have proof of service.
• Veterans Day Breakfast will be at 8 a.m. in the Union Ballroom, Locust Street, Duquesne University, presented by the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania. Maj. Gen. T. S. Jones, a highly decorated Marine, will give the keynote address. Live entertainment and veterans' storytelling. Proceeds will benefit the VLP, Friends of Danang, Shepherd's Heart Fellowship and Duquesne University's Endowed Veterans Student Resource Fund. Tickets are $35; to purchase, email email@example.com or call 412-481-8200.
• Veterans Place Resource fair and chili cookoff to connect with homeless veterans will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 945 Washington Blvd., Larimer. For homeless veterans and community service providers.
• Veterans and military personnel will receive free all-you-can-eat hotcakes at Bob Evans on Veterans Day. Guests must provide proof of service.
• Texas Roadhouse restaurants at 1155 Washington Pike, Bridgeville; 6228 Route 30, Hempfield Square, Greensburg; and 311 Washington Road, Washington will serve veterans and active members of the military a free lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Greensburg only) on Veterans Day. Guests must show proof of service.
• Veterans and military personnel can receive a free, You-Pick-Two at any Western Pennsylvania Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises bakery-cafe by wearing his or her uniform, or by showing a military ID or discharge papers.
• The National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Cecil will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. to honor past and present members of the military. The keynote speaker is 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 will be at 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 school district, will feature music 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, will be from 10 a.m. to noon in Heinz Chapel, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. A minute of silence will be observed at 11 a.m. — the traditional 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
• Quaker Valley School District, Edgeworth Elementary School, 200 Meadow Lane, will host a Veterans' Day celebration at 10 a.m. A welcome reception will take place in the large group instruction room at 9:15 a.m. for veterans. More information is available from music teacher Erik Kolodziej, at 412-749-3608 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston Globe's Bryan Bender, author of “You Are Not Forgotten,” will discuss his book and sign copies at 5:30 p.m. in the O'Hara Student Center, 4024 O'Hara St. in Oakland. His 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. Registration is required. Call 412-429-5380 or sign up at www.scottlibrary.org.
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