The USS Hornet observes Veterans week Nov. 5-11. All Military Veterans wearing unit jackets, hats or who have proper ID will receive free admission to the Hornet during the week. The ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular museum admission is $7 for youths, $16 adults. For more information call 510-521-8448 or visit www.uss-hornet.org.
The USS Hornet Museum will remember the late astronaut Neil Armstrong during a special Veterans Day tribute on Saturday¿, which will include the grand reopening of the newly renovated Apollo Exhibit. The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. onboard the ship, located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3. All Military Veterans wearing unit jackets, hats or who have proper ID will receive free admission. Regular museum admission is $7 for youths, $16 adults. For more information, call 510-521-8448, or visit www.uss-hornet.org.
Veterans Voices #3, on Friday 6 to 9 p.m., at Bridgehead Studios, 2516 Blanding Ave., Alameda. A gallery showing of art by veterans, photos, pixels, paint, pottery and from more than 20 veterans of the Bay¿ Area and beyond, free. For more information, call 510- 841-1898.
The Albany Recreation and Community Services Department is hosting a Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast, featuring food prepared by the Albany Fire Department, from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Memorial Park, 1325 Portland Ave. A meal of pancakes, scrambled eggs, polish breakfast sausage, orange juice and coffee is $6, or free for veterans and children younger than 6. Tickets are available in advance at the Community Center, 1427 Marin Ave., or at the door on the day of the event.
Veterans Day "Spirit of Freedom" parade is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Second and E streets, Antioch. Floats, military vehicles, veterans, bands, classic cars, motorcycles and guest speakers. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Antioch senior complex is dedicating a monument Sunday to honor its veteran residents and their spouses. Quail Lodge Retirement Community, 4850 Deer Valley Road, is unveiling the marble "American Eagle" monument at 1 p.m. The dedication ceremony will include popular American patriotic songs, remarks by local dignitaries and refreshments. For more information, call 925-521-8467.
Soldier Stories is a concert to benefit homeless veterans at 8 p.m. Sunday at Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley. Tickets are $20 each advance or $22 at the door, and proceeds will go to a special program for homeless veterans by show partner the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Tickets are available at the box office, by visiting www.thefreight.org or calling 510-644-2020.
Waging Peace: Give Peace a Chance, Sunday, 6 p.m., potluck, 7 p.m. event, at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. $5-$25, donation to benefit the Tamarindo Foundation. For more information, call 510-499-0537.
Local veterans groups will host an event at Veterans Day Memorial Park, 3000 Balfour Road, at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Heritage High School Wind Ensemble performs military music, followed by a march of the colors, chaplain talk, and speakers Cmdr. Mike Clements, Cmdr. Steve Todd, Commandent Donald Hester and Mayor Robert Taylor. There will also be a three-cannon salute. Sponsored by the Marine Corps League Detachment 1155 and American Legion Post VFW Post 10789.
Castro Valley Veterans Memorial opens on Sunday. The 35-foot diameter memorial is at Castro Valley Community Park, at 18988 Lake Chabot Road. Event begins at 9 a.m. with static displays of military vehicles and memorabilia. Dedication begins at 11 a.m., including Air Force flyover.
The Disabled Veterans Service Association's program is at 11 a.m. Sunday, at the Concord Vietnam Memorial, the grove of trees atop Newhall Park, off Clayton Road and Wharton Way. Ray Acosta, Disabled American Veterans National Service Officer and past state commander, will deliver the speech, and the names of the service personnel listed on the memorial plaque will be recited at the conclusion of the service. The Hillcrest Park Veterans Day event Sunday has been canceled.
Veterans will be honored Sunday at a Veterans Day event in the Performing Arts Center at San Ramon Valley High School, 501 Danville Blvd. The theme this year is "A Tribute to Korean War Veterans." Doors open at 10 a.m. A Korean veteran slide show called "The Forgotten War" begins at 10:30 a.m. Korean War U.S. Marine veteran Bill Harbin will be the keynote speaker.
Area Boy, Girl and Cub Scouts will join the El Cerrito Lions Club at its 20th annual placing of flags on veterans' graves starting at 8 a.m. Sunday at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave.
The Hayward Area Recreation and Park District's Hayward Senior Center invites all adults 50+, veterans and their families to the Hurray for Veterans Luncheon on Nov. 13 at the Hayward Area Senior Center, 22325 North Third St. near the Japanese Garden. Posting colors, Pledge of Allegiance, taps and fire weapon by the 10th District American Legion Team will take a place at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Reservation for lunch must be made in advance. Suggested donation is $3.25. Call the senior center at 510-881-6766.
Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Alhambra Cemetery with a benediction, placing of a wreath and posting of colors. The event resumes 11 a.m. at the All Veterans Monument, at Alhambra Avenue and Berrellesa Street, with messages from officials and veterans. Music, a 21-gun salute and taps are planned. Brunch follows at the Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Court St.
Oakley Veterans Day Observance will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Civic Center Park, 3231 Main St. Ceremony includes playing of bagpipes, presentation of colors and Pearl Harbor survivor Chuck Kohler speaks. Sponsored by the city of Oakley, Patriot Sentinel Riders and East County Military Families. 925-625-7000, www.oakleyinfo.com.
Oakland East Bay Symphony Concert: "Celebrating Democracy," Michael Morgan, Conductor, Friday, at 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway. Admission: $20-$70.
The United Veterans Council will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane. For more information, contact Wilfred Scott, Chairman of United Veterans Council at 925-432-9252.
Veterans Day Youth Skills Basketball Clinic, Nov. 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Piedmont High School, Oakland, $55. For more information call 510-922-0485
The Pinole Historical Society will hold its largest event of the year, the fifth annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sunday at Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. To donate a flag for the retirement ceremony, contact the society at 510-724-9507 or info@PinoleHistoricalSociety.org.
There will be messages, ROTC color guard, music, and a Veterans Day poem by Uncle Sam during the drop-in ceremony from 10 a.m.-noonSunday, at the Soldiers Monument at Contra Costa Boulevard at Boyd Road. Cub Scouts will present U.S. flags to youth and badges to each veteran for their service. Veterans representatives will be on hand to provide information and resources, and there will be refreshments. Boyd Road closed at Contra Costa Boulevard from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
The Richmond Museum Association will hold a Veterans Day Homefront Homecoming Event and Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Community Center at Atchison Village off lower Macdonald Avenue. The program will include music by The LMP Trio and a talk on the history of Atchison Village by Chevron historian John Harper. Tickets are $13 each or $25 for a couple, which must be reserved in advance by calling 510-232-6593.
Historian Steve Gilford will give a talk at 2 p.m. Sunday on the SS Stephen Hopkins, a cargo ship built in Richmond that was attacked by and sank a much more heavily armed German raider during World War II. The free talk will be at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitor center at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000. For details or directions call 510.232.3108 or visit www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm.
The city of San Leandro, in conjunction with the Alameda County Veterans Affairs Commission, hosts its 60th Annual Veterans Day Observance on Sunday at 11 a.m. The celebration will be at the San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St. The event will feature a presentation of military flags, music and tributes to World War II Merchant Marines, Desert Storm and Women in the Military. For more information, call 510-577-3463.