Here is a roundup of various events planned for Veterans Day on Monday, unless otherwise noted:
*All active and retired military personnel can get free admission to the Friday Fort Wayne Komets hockey game as part of Military Salute Night, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. The Komets are playing the Wheeling Nailers at 8 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Veterans are asked to wear their uniforms or armed forces hats to the game. This year's Service Man of the Year to be honored at the game is Sgt. Dan Heavrin, a 14-year U.S. Army veteran who has been recognized several times for bravery, including the Bronze Star for actions in Operation Mountain Resolve in Afghanistan in 2003.
*The Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne Office of Military Student Services will conduct the 4th annual Veterans Day Flag Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. outside the Science Mall.Opening remarks will be given by Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs George McClellan. U.S. Army Maj. (Ret.) David Peterson will be the keynote speaker.The IPFW Army ROTC Cadre will conduct thePresentation of the Colors, officiated by Army Reserves Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mark Haney, IPFW school certifying official. Denise Buhr, a veteran and IPFW reference librarian, will deliver a reading, and a student veteran will make remarks.Light refreshments will be provided by the IPFW Hospitality Management student catering group. The event is free and open to the public. All veterans are encouraged to attend, along with people currently serving in the military and family members or friends of military service members.
*The Veterans Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at State Boulevard and Parnell Avenue and head north on Parnell to Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave., for a ceremony afterward. Those attending will be directed to enter the Parnell employee parking lot entrance and to Memorial Hall on the north end of the building.
*New Haven Navy Club Ship 245 has extended an invitation to veterans of all services and families of servicemen and women presently on duty to attend a Veterans Day memorial service/flag ceremony and free meal Nov. 11. The Navy Club, 412 Broadway, will have a free ham-and-beans dinner with cornbread, cake and ice cream starting at 11 a.m., serving all day.
*Shoaff, McMillen and Foster Park golf courses will remain open one extra day this year, on Monday, so veterans can play for free. Those currently active in the military may also play for free Monday. You will be asked to show your military ID when you arrive. Reserve your tee time at www.fortwayneparks.org or call McMillen Park golf course at 427-6710; Shoaff Park golf course at 427-6745; or Foster Park golf course at 427-6735.
*Texas Roadhouse restaurant, 710 W. Washington Center Road, invites veterans and active members of the United States military to enjoy a free lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
*Mike’s Carwash will offer free carwashes to veterans and active military. Also, Mike’s will support Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with donation buckets at each of its locations to raise moneyfor the national organization that serves close to 50,000 disabledveterans in Indiana and Ohio.