Nov. 11 is a day when we pause to reflect and salute the service and sacrifice of veterans on all fronts. Locally, there are several observances and tributes. Here are few where you can pay your respect.
The Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka and the city of Eureka host the annual Veterans Day Observance and Program on Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Adorni Recreation Center (free). This year's featured speaker is retired U.S. Army Mjr. Eddie A. Morgan. The ceremony also includes performances by the Eureka High School Symphonic Band, Eureka High School Limited Edition, the Humboldt Harmonaires and Humboldt Highlanders Pipe Band. Also honoring veterans are the Humboldt Sheriff's Office Color Guard, Mad River Community Veterans Honor Guard, the United States Coast Guard (which will provide a flyover after the event and present the "Missing Man" ceremony) and William F. Honsal Jr., who will play "Taps."
In Fortuna, the 13th annual Veterans Day Tribute takes place Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Fortuna Veterans Hall/Memorial Building (free). Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Crystal Morse-Maffei presents, This Side of the Uniform. There will also be a color guard, patriotic songs, service branch anthems and refreshments.
And there will be a special showing of the film Letters Home on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. at Ferndale Repertory Theatre ($10, $5 children, WWII vets free). The award-winning World War II film produced by the Ferndale Museum tells the stories of men and women serving in the armed forces in their own written words.