Event Schedule

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From the Prairie to the Trenches: Iowans in the Great War

When: 27 June 2017 - 16 February 2018

Location: Grout Museum of History & Science, 503 South Street, Waterloo, Iowa

POC: Jacquie Persson, (319) 234-6357, jacquie.persson@gmdistrict.org

Details: One Hundred Years ago, Iowans answered the call of service in the Great War; later known as the First World War. Utilizing rare images, documents and objects this exhibition examines World War I from multiple angles; the representation of the war in contemporary culture, from the perspective of the women who volunteered and supported the military effort, as well as the viewpoint of Iowa’s minority populations.

The Cold War Ablaze: Iowans in the Korean War

When: 14 July 2017 - 14 July 2018

Location: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, Waterloo, Iowa

POC: Jacquie Persson, (319) 234-6357, jacquie.persson@gmdistrict.org

Details: Learn about the “Forgotten War” directly from those who served and discover how the Korean War shaped the Cold War and current foreign affairs. Photographs, documents, interviews, and objects will reveal what happened in Korea and why.

Veterans Resource Fair & Open House

When: 9 August 2017, 9:00am-2:00pm

Location: UNI-CUE , 800 Sycamore St., Waterloo, Iowa

POC: Kathy Martin, (319) 273-4774, kathy.martin@uni.edu

Details: Sponsored by the UNI-Education Opportunity Center, Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs, University of Northern Iowa Military & Veterans Student Services and Hawkeye Community College Veterans Services. Learn about Resources for Veterans and their Families. Come meet our special Guests from 10:30-10:50 Honorable Charles Grassley**, U.S. Senator and Honorable Joni Ernst**, U.S. Senator ** The senator or their selected representative will be in attendance to answer your questions depending on their availability. Refreshments provided.

Iowa State Fair Veterans' Day Parade

When: 14 August 2017, 11:00am

Location: Iowa State Fair, 3000 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, Des Moines, IA 50317

POC: Meghan Larkins, Outreach Coordinator, IDVA, (515) 727-3442, meghan.larkins@iowa.gov

Details: Please join us for the annual Iowa State Fair Veterans' Day Parade!

Ida County Veteras Appreciation Day

When: 20 August 2017

Location: Skate Palace , 201 Oak Grove Dr. , Ida Grove, Iowa 51445

POC: Dale Ullrich Ida County Veterans Affairs Director, (712) 364-4176, idava@longlines.com

Details: The event will include a Poker Run , Rifle Raffle,Resources for Veterans and their families, Free -will offering meal from 6-8pm, Next of Kin will be performing from 7-10PM, video of Sgt Dillion Naslund will be shown at 8PM, a short speech from Lisa Naslund, Vietnam War Commemoration coins presented. Brushy Creek Honor Flights donors recognized. Operation Engage America will be hosting the resource fair portion of event. Representatives with information on a variety of veteran’s benefits, health information and employment opportunities will be available on this day of appreciation.

Veterans Appreciation Night 2017

When: 24 August 2017

Location: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, Waterloo, Iowa

POC: Jacquie Persson, (319) 234-6357, jacquie.persson@gmdistrict.org

Details: This is a free event for area Veterans and one guest. Attendees will enjoy a dinner buffet provided by Texas Roadhouse followed by a short program and self-guided museum tours of the SBIVM and the Grout Museum. Although this event is FREE for Veterans and one guest, attendees must pre-register at www.gmdistrict.org/vetnight2017 or by calling 319-234-6357 to reserve their seats. Signing up early is encouraged!

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 2 September 2017, 7:00am-10:00am

Location: Legion Post 155, 111 Center Ave N, Mitchellville, IA

POC: Neal Evans, (515) 238-7142, EvansN@aol.com

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under free. All you care to eat.

Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Pancake Breakfast

When: 2 September 2017, 6:30am-10:00am

Location: American Legion Post 711, 106 South Juniata Street, Blue Grass, IA

POC: Adjutant Wayne Kraft, (563) 381-4380, ialegion.post711@gmail.com

Details: The menu includes Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, Cinnamon Rolls, Biscuits & Gravy, Homemade Syrup, Juice, Milk and Coffee. For more details, go to the Post website at: www.al711iowa.com.

Annual Iowa City VA Mental Health Summit

When: 15 September 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm

Location: Iowa City National Guard Armory, 4540 Melrose Ave, Iowa City , Iowa

POC: Julia Rose, (319) 688-3333, Julia.Rose@va.gov

Details: Morning: Attend a simulation designed to help providers understand the transition from military to civilian culture. Afternoon: Breakout sessions on LGBT Veteran care and Suicide Prevention

National POW/MIA Remembrance

When: 15 September 2017, 1:00pm

Location: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, Waterloo, Iowa

POC: Chris Shackelford, (319) 234-6357, chris.shackelford@gmdistrict.org

Details: The Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum is taking part in the National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This year, special attention will be placed on Korean War Era serviceman and women who were listed as missing. As the frontlines rapidly changed in 1950 and 1951, many fallen heroes were unable to be recovered due to the hostility of the enemy. They were listed as “missing in action.” Today, 7,751 American personnel remain missing from the Korean War, 140 of those are Iowans. The program aims to remember and celebrate the service, and sacrifice, of Iowans lost. This program is free to the public

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 16 September 2017, 6:30am-9:30am

Location: Legion Post 155, 111 Center Ave N, Mitchellville, IA

POC: Neal Evans, (515) 238-7142, EvansN@aol.com

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under free. All you care to eat. This is and early start and finish from our normal breakfasts because of the parade for Thomas Mitchell Days takes place at 10:00 and all vehicles need to be off Center Ave by 9:30 am.

11th Annual Sullivan Brothers 5K & 10K Races

When: 21 October 2017, 9:00am

Location: Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum, 503 South Street, Waterloo, Iowa

POC: Sara Nefzger, (319) 234-6357, sara.nefzger@gmdistrict.org

Details: The Sullivan Brothers Races are a memorial for those, like the Sullivan Brothers, who have given their lives in service to our country and a celebration of the veterans who served our country and returned home. Proceeds from the races benefit the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum which honors the service and sacrifice of Iowa veterans from the Civil War to the present through oral histories and exhibitions. For more information or to register visit: www.gmdistrict.org/5K10K17

Crusing for Castaways PTSD awareness Poker Run

When: 19 May 2018, 8:00am

Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa - Rathubun Iowa (Many starting points), 225 IA-1,, Iowa City, IA

POC: Anne Berkenpas, (319) 930-1543, aberkenpas71@gmail.com

Details: This is a muli-poker run. We have groupds from aall over iowa starting at different spots and ending in Rathbun at Doggs RV Park with Bands and beer and fun

For 24-hour counsel, call the National Veteran Crisis Hotline at 1-800-273-8255