Event Schedule

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Robert Hodierne: Vietnam War Photographs

When: 7 April - 4 June 2017, 11:00am-5:00pm

Location: Grinnell College Faulconer Gallery, 1108 Park Street, Grinnell, Iowa (IA)

POC: Tilly Woodward, (641) 269-4663, woodward@grinnell.edu

Details: Robert Hodierne ’68 was a 21-year-old freelancer when he made his first trip to Vietnam in 1966, leaving Grinnell on a one-way ticket at the end of his third year. He returned in 1969 as a soldier assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Saigon, where he spent another 14 months. During those two tours he photographed combat in every corner of the country. His Vietnam photographs, many unpublished, reflect Hodierne’s concern for the ordinary soldier, many of them his own age when he was there.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Bob Dorr and The Blue Band

When: 25 May 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Be part of their 2017 Last Goodbye Tour. After 36 years of making music, this original and cover Blues, soul, rockabilly and R & B grooves band will tour for the last time in 2017-this may be your last chance to see one of Iowa’s legendary bands! Summer Kickoff Block Party – come tailgate and bring your neighbors!

Wells Fargo Bank Military Night - Free Tickets for ALL Active Military, Veterans and Families!

When: 26 May 2017, 7:05pm

Location: Wells Fargo Arena

POC: Please call the Barnstomers at (515) 633-2255, mswim@theiowabarnstormers.com

Details: On behalf of Wells Fargo Bank, Hy-Vee Homefront and several other supporters of the 2017 Military Night, are happy to offer free tickets to all veterans, active military, and their families to the game on May 26th. To reserve your tickets as an active duty or military veteran, call the Barnstomers at (515) 633-2255, email mswim@theiowabarnstormers.com or visit the website below: https://barnstormers.isportstix.com/order/group/MILITARY/.

Annual Pella Memorial Service

When: 28 May 2017, 2:00pm

Location: Pella Memorial Building, 829 Broadway St., Pella, Iowa 50219

POC: Patrick Stark, (641) 780-9929, vfw.patstark@gmail.com

Details: Annual Memorial Service held on the Sunday before Memorial Day, sponsored this year by Pella VFW Post 5242. Guest Speaker is Mr. Russ Saffell of Des Moines, VFW 5th District Commander.

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day Ceremony

When: 29 May 2017, 8:00am

Location: Iowa Veterans Cemetery at Van Meter, 34024 Veterans Memorial Drive, Adel, IA 50003

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

Details: Directions to cemetery: Interstate 80 to Van Meter Exit 113 (Ten miles west of Des Moines)

Iowa Events Center Memorial Day Ceremony

When: 29 May 2017, 11:00am

Location: Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (Rooms 312-315) 833 5th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

POC: Katie Rielly, 515-564-8059, katie_rielly@comcastspectacor.com

Details: Presiding Officer will be Jodi Tymeson, Executive Director, Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. Keynote Speaker will be Brig. Gen. Randy Greenwood.

IVH Memorial Day Program

When: 29 May 2017, 10:30am

Location: Iowa Veterans Home, 1301 Summit Street, Marshalltown, Iowa

POC: Brad Shipley, (641) 753-4536, bradley.shipley@ivh.state.ia.us

Details: The Iowa Veterans Home (IVH) will honor veterans at its annual Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the Malloy LRC. Guest speaker this year will be Nikki Newbrough of KWWL. The public is invited to attend this special service.

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Presented by VFW Post 2016 and American Legion Post 85, Perry

When: 29 May 2017, 10:00am

Location: Perry High School Center for the Performing Arts, Perry High School Campus, 1400 18th Street, Perry, Iowa

POC: Mike Kelley, Cmdr. Post 85, Perry, stateman46@msn.com

Details: Refreshments following program.

Ames Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

When: 29 May 2017, 10:30am, parade 11:00am

Location: Parade: City Hall north to 9th St, then east to Municipal Cemetery. Program at Cemetery., City Hall: 515 Clark. Cemetery: 310 E 9th St., Ames, IA

POC: Herman Quirmbach, (515) 292-8984, hcqbach@gmail.com

Details: In case of rain, parade is cancelled and program moves to City Hall Auditorium, 520 - 6th St., at 11:00 am

Memorial Day Service

When: Monday, 29 May 2017, 10:00am

Location: State Capitol Memorial Grounds (south of the Capitol), E 12th & Walnut, Des Moines, Iowa

POC: George Kline, (515) 314-9955, sgtklineusmc6369@gmail.com

Details: Ceremony to honor all branches of service; hosted by Larry Nehring Detachment #103 Marine Corps League. Seating available.

Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Memorial Day Ceremony

When: 29 May 2017, 10:00am

Location: Blue Grass Cemetery, 231 Valley Drive, Blue Grass, IA

POC: Adjutant Wayne Kraft, (563) 326-4670, ialegion.post711@gmail.com

Details: Following the ceremony, a lite luncheon will be served at the Blue Grass American Legion Post 711 Legion Home, 106 South Juniata Street, Blue Grass. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at Legion Home. For more details, visit the Post website at: www.al711iowa.com.

Memorial Day Service

When: Monday, 29 May 2017, 9:45am

Location: Mitchellville Cemetery, 405 Vine Ave, Mitchellville, IA

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

Details: Refreshments will be available at the post, 111 Center Ave N, from 10:00 am to noon. If it is raining the service will be held at the post. Questions as to the location that day can be directed to Dean Brand, 515-360-0774.

Memorial Day Service

When: Monday, 29 May 2017, 10:00am

Location: State Capitol Memorial Grounds (south of the Capitol), E 12th & Walnut, Des Moines, Iowa

POC: George Kline, (515) 314-9955, sgtklineusmc6369@gmail.com

Details: Ceremony to honor all branches of service; hosted by Larry Nehring Detachment #103 Marine Corps League. Seating available.

Memorial Day Celebration

When: 29 May 2017, 5:00am-1:00pm

Location: Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston, IA

POC: Sherrie Colbert, (515) 252-4531, sherrie.colbert@iowa.gov

Details: Van and Bonnie will be broadcasting live. A free military style breakfast (SOS) will be served to the first 800 guests at the Pool Pavilion located east of the museum. We will also be visitors to plant a flower for a veteran (first 300 visitors) and there will be free ice cream from the ISCREAM Guy.

Memorial Day Breakfast

When: 29 May, 2017, immediately following Memorial Day Ceremony at Iowa Veterans Cemetery

Location: Veterans Reception Center, Van Meter Iowa

POC: Nancy Radke, nanrad2@aol.com

Details: There will be a continental breakfast served by the Van Meter Post 403 Auxillary following the Memorial Day Program at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. The breakfast will be at the Veterans Reception Center in Van Meter a short distance from the Cemetery. Everyone is welcome.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Brother Trucker

When: 1 June 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: A central Iowa favorite featuring Roots/Americana/Alternative Country.

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 3 June 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 6-12 $2.00, kids 5 and under - free. All you care to eat.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Bob Tyler and the Reckless Hearts

When: 8 June 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Authentic and eclectic blend of vintage country and Americana, rockabilly fire and brimstone, and honky tonk! Car and motorcycle show – this concert will also include a car and motorcycle show starting at 4:30 p.m. with reserved parking for participating vehicles. Shine and show your pride and joy-all makes and models welcome!

Vietnam Commemorative Event

When: 10 June 2017, 4:00pm

Location: Wilton Community Center, 1215 Cypress St, Wilton, IA

POC: Patty Hamann, (563) 886-2170, phamann@cedarcounty.org

Details: The Cedar County Commission is holding a Commemorative Event to honor Vietnam Veterans with a dinner banquet, pinning ceremony and certificate presentation for Cedar County Veterans and Veteran members from other counties that belong to a Cedar County service organization post. RSVP for attendance to the event must be made no later than May 24th.

Vietnam Moving Wall and Veteran Appreciation Day

When: 15-19 June 2017, Opening Ceremony 5:30pm on Thursday

Location: Cherokee County Fair Grounds, Hwy 59, Cherokee, Iowa

POC: Dana C Evans, (712) 229-6061, cherokeevets@gmail.com

Details: The Vietnam Moving Wall will be at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds from Thursday June 15 - Monday morning June 19. Saturday will be our 12th Veteran Appreciation Day from 9am - 3pm. The VA Regional office and the VA Medical systems will be there and many other vendors will be there. Vietnam and Era vets will be given coins at the event

Telehealth Town Hall

When: 16 June 2017, 1:00-3:00pm

Location: VACIHCS - Auditorium, 3600 30th St., Des Moines, IA

POC: Kristi Catrenich, (515) 699-5588, kristi.catrenich@va.gov

Details: On June 16th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., VACIHCS will be cohosting a Town Hall with Des Moines Regional Office. We will be showcasing the amazing ways we use telehealth and will have live demonstrations and optional tours of the TED (Telehealth Education Delivered) Van which will be on site that day during their national tour. Veterans, staff, and guests will hear from VACIHCS and Des Moines RO leadership, as well as special guest VISN 23 Director, Jan Murphy! Please consider attending and sharing this opportunity with Central Iowa Veterans and community.

Rockin & Racing for our military

When: 16 June 2017

Location: Hawkeye Downs Speedway, 6th Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

POC: John Mikelson, (319) 321-1387, Jmikelson16@gmail.com

Details: https://www.freedomfestival.com/events/racin-and-rockin-to-support-our-military/117/.

BLITZCREEK PRESENTS: HONORING OUR VETS CONCERT

When: 17 June 2017

Location: Veterans Memorial Building , 50 2nd Ave Bridge, Cedar Rapids, IA

POC: John Mikelson, (319) 321-1387, jmikelson16@gmail.com

Details: Royal Bliss, will be headlining a concert at Veterans Coliseum with Australians very own October Rage. Neal Middleton, of Royal Bliss was a contestant on NBC's talent show "The Voice" along with his bandmates will be rocking the night away while raising money for Veterans charities. October Rage hails from New South Wales and will be on their fourth USA tour to help with the cause. FREE concert and free will donation to go to: Midwest Military Outreach Healing at English River Outfitters (HERO) The Linn County Veteran Charitable Fund.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Abby Normal Band

When: 22 June 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Classic ‘80s rock. Johnston Schools Dragon Warrior run on Camp Dodge before the concert – To register for this 4-mile race or for more info, go to: https://secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=126224.

Bridging the Gap Festival/Veteran Appreciation/Operation Engage America

When: Saturday, 24 June 2017, 1:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Prairie Pedlar Gardens, 1609 270th St, Odebolt, Iowa

POC: Lisa Naslund, 515-984-0661, lisa@operationengageamerica.org

Details: The 2nd annual Bridging the Gap Festival will be held at the Prairie Pedlar Gardens north of Odebolt, Iowa on Saturday June 24th. Simon Conway will emcee. This fundraising event serves as a Veteran Appreciation Day The FREE public event is a festive celebration of honor and gratitude for our Veterans and First Responders. Freewill donation is appreciated. Proceeds to support OEA. There will be fun for the whole family!This a patriotic festival with musical entertainment, an auction, and a balloon release. Full band performance by Nashville’s Dustin Bogue a Sac County Iowa native from 7-10pm.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - The Candymakers

When: 29 June 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Rock N' Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and funk-2011 Iowa Blues Challenge winner

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 1 July 2017

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

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

Details: Pancakes, sausage, scramble eggs, juice and coffee. Adults - $5.00, kids 6 to 12 - $2.00, kids 5 and under - free.

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - 34th Army Band Sidewinders

When: 6 July 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: The Iowa Army National Guard’s hard rocking pop and classic rock ensemble. Military Heritage Night – Wear your favorite Red, White and Blue!

A Day for Vets

When: 8 July 2017, 10:00am-2:00pm

Location: Holiday Inn Airport, 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, Iowa

POC: Dan Young, (515) 326-1063, outdoorsdan@me.com

Details: Saturday July 8th 10-2pm at the Airport Holiday Inn and Conference center. The Iowa Wild will be on hand with games and activities plus Crash to visit with the folks that attend. They will also be registering folks to win autographed Iowa Wild stuff!! Chic Fil A from Paradise Point will be there as well Handing out samples! Plus your favorite News Radio 1040 WHO hosts may be stopping by!

2017 Adjutant General's Summer Concert Series - Bonne Finken

When: 13 July 2017, 7:00pm

Location: Historic Camp Dodge pool complex, 7105 NW 70th Avenue, Johnston

POC: Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer, (515) 252-4582, gregory.o.hapgood.mil@mail.mil

Details: Regional Emmy Award winner, featuring rock/powerpop/electronic music.

Mitchellville American Legion Post 155 Pancake Breakfast

When: 5 August 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.

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!

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.

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/p>

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

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.

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