Two Veterans Day ceremonies are planned in Spokane today.
The first will be at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena at 10 a.m. The ceremony will include guest speakers Col. Elaine Parker from Fairchild Air Force Base; Orville Barnes, Spokane city councilman; Cmdr. Ted Fessel of the Navy Reserves; U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash.; and U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla.
The second ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 4815 N. Assembly. The program will feature a keynote address by Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., and remarks by Col. Craig G. Hinman, commander of the 92nd Medical Group, Fairchild Air Force Base.
Presentation of the colors by the Marines, music by the Aerie No. 2 Eagles Band and Moose Gleeman, and a 21-gun salute are planned.
After the ceremonies, refreshments and an Air Force birthday cake will be served.
A Veterans Day ceremony and dedication also are planned on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman at 11 a.m. today.
The ceremony will be held at the campus Veterans Memorial across from Thompson Hall. Medal of Honor winner Col. James Fleming will be the featured speaker.
Fleming earned the nation’s highest military honor for bravery when he flew his lightly armed helicopter into extreme danger twice on a rescue mission in Vietnam.
The WSU ceremony will include dedication of Veterans Way, the new designation for Administration Road. A plaque with names of former WSU members who have died in service will be unveiled and the names will be read.
The Air Force will perform a flyover, and there also will be a 21-gun salute.