November is National Gratitude month — a time when we celebrate Thanksgiving, exercise our right to vote in a free democracy and thank those whose military service to our country ensures we enjoy these very things. This Veterans Day, tip your hat to service members at one of these local events.
Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka in partnership with the city of Eureka presents the Veterans Day Observance and Program on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon at Adorni Recreation Center (free). This program honors all who have served in the military and U.S. Merchant Marines and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
In Fortuna, the Veterans Day Tribute takes place on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fortuna Veterans Hall/Memorial Building (free). The 14th annual tribute features Casey Stephens, retired sergeant, who'll be talking about PTSD. Stick around for the color guard, patriotic songs and refreshments.
The Sequoia Park Zoo is offering free admission to honor vets at the Veterans Day at the Zoo on Monday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a kids' coloring competition with winning entries published in the Times-Standard and services tables for veterans.
And the Humboldt Bay Brass Band is performing its final concert ever on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall ($10, $5 seniors and kids, free for HSU students with ID), featuring an arrangement of U.S. service songs in honor of Veterans Day.
Please thank a veteran at one of these events. You never know if somebody hasn't heard the words, "Thank you for your service."