South Sound Veterans Day events this weekend

Tuesday is Veterans Day, and local commemorations continue this weekend. Events are listed chronologically.

Sunday (Nov. 9)

• Puyallup’s annual Veterans Day celebration takes place in Pioneer Park with a concert by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord I Corps band at 1 p.m. The event will have a special emphasis recognizing the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary. The park is at Pioneer and Meridian avenues.


•  Saint Martin’s University hosts a concert and ceremony at its new flag pavilion next to Jan Halliday Memorial Plaza at 11:30 a.m., 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. In case of rain, the ceremony will take place at Marcus Pavilion.

•  The Evergreen State College invites students and staff to place flags from noon to 3 p.m. around the campus to recognize veterans in their lives. The college also is presenting displays about veterans on campus, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia.

• A ceremony and tour of war memorials on the Capitol Campus is to begin at noon. The event is hosted by the International Association of Workplace Professionals. It starts at the World War II Memorial next to 11th Avenue.


• The Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group leads a wreath-laying ceremony at the Winged Victory monument on the Capitol Campus. It begins at 8 a.m. and Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to deliver opening remarks.

•  Pacific Lutheran University plans to cancel classes between 10:55 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. for a Veterans Day event in Lagerquist Concert Hall in the Mary Baker Russell building, 12180 Park Ave. S., Tacoma. The featured speaker is Steve Shumaker, a PLU student and former Army sergeant who was on four combat deployments.

• The Thurston County Veterans Council plans to host a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia at 11 a.m. with a keynote address from Washington state Department of Veterans Affairs Director Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos.

• Tacoma’s War Memorial Park hosts a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and MacArthur Street. For more information, call Charlotte Medlock at 253-752-7722.

• The Washington Soldiers Home is having a ceremony at 2 p.m. featuring remarks from a JBLM brigade commander. The soldiers home is at 1301 Orting Kapowsin Highway in Orting.