Event Schedule

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Iowa Military Veterans Band Concert Schedule

When: Various dates June-November

Location: See detals

POC: http://www.iowamilitaryveteransband.com

Details:  Glenwood Summer Concert, Saturday, June 22, 2019, 7:00 PM,Davis Amphitheater, Glenwood, IA

American Legion Concert,Sunday, July 7, 2019, 1:00 PM,Bandshell Park, 1st Ave SW, Hampton, IA

Iowa Municipal Band Festival, Saturday, July 13, 2019, Time: 2:00 PM, Herman Park, Boone, IA

American Legion Convention Concert,Saturday, July 20, 2019, 7:00 PM, Holiday Inn-DSM Airport, 6111 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA

Iowa State Fair Concert, Monday, Aug 12, 2019 3:00 PM, Susan B. Knapp Stage, Des Moines, IA

Veteran's Home Concert,Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2:00 PM,1301 Summit St, Marshalltown, IA

Reserve Officer's Association Dinner/Dance -Jazz Band- Saturday, September 28, 2019, Time: TBD,Location: TBD, Des Moines, IA

American Legion "Homecoming" Banquet,Saturday, October 5, 2019, Time: TBD,Location: TBD, Tama, IA

Star Spangled Salute to Veterans, Sunday, November 3, 2019, 2:00 PM, Des Moines Civic Center, 221 Walnut St., Des Moines, IA

Book Launch Celebration: Because of You, Old Glory Flies

When:  Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: American Legion Post 403 at 910 Main St. in Van Meter

POC: For more information, contact Julie at juliedueker@gmail.com or 515-710-6719, check out her website at www.juliedueker.com or follow her on Facebook: Julie Dueker Ministries

Details: Because of You Old Glory Flies, a book of poetry and artwork thanking our U.S. military and veterans, was just published this summer. Join author Julie Dueker and illustrator Ray "Bubba" Sorensen II, the Freedom Rock Painter, for the Book Launch Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 403 at 910 Main St. in Van Meter, just down the hill from the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. A short program honoring our heroes and thanking God will include sharing the poems and artwork of the book and the stories behind them. The program will feature VFW Post 738's Color Guard, Young Patriots Club, Mt. Olive Lutheran students, and Military Tribute Concert members. Refreshments and book signing will follow. If you'd like to purchase a book in advance, send $13.91 per book to Julie Dueker, 4500 Colt Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50265, and it will be ready for you at the launch. $1 per book will go to TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. An additional $1 per book will go to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

Foster Youth/Vets PTSD awareness Ride

When: October 5-6, 8a.m.

Location: Hawkeye Harley Davidson, 120 Westcor DR , Coralville , IA

POC: Anne, (319) 930-1543, Aberkenpas71@gmail.com

Details: A 2 day ride to benefit the foster kids and Vets that suffer from PTSD.

10th Annual Iowa Advisory on Military Education Statewide Veterans Conference

When: October 9, 2019, 8:00am-2:30pm

Location: Camp Dodge Joint Maneuver Training Center,Freedom Center, 7105 NW 70th Ave., Johnston, Iowa 50131-1824,https://goo.gl/maps/XYFb4Uxj1He577NF7,

POC: You can register by emailing us at iowaacme@gmail.com

Details: Our Iowa veterans are a key to our being the best Iowa. Together we can work to make Iowa a place that veterans receive the support and resources they need to be successful in education, family life and in their careers. Join us as we discuss changes within the VA, consider promising practices at institutions of higher education to include they way we review military training for college credit and how we can provide support to each individual. The conference will be held at Camp Dodge. There is no cost for registration. Lunch will be provided by ESGR. Please give us your name and name of your organization and if you have any dietary needs.

Honoring Black Hawk County's Fallen: Remembering Vietnam Heroes

When: October 10, 2019 at 5PM

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

POC: Pat Kinney, (319) 234-6357, or pat.kinney@gmdistrict.org

Details: Join the SBIVM and the Cedar Valley Honor Flight for a showing of local Vietnam Veteran Jim Hamlyn’s documentary, “A Bad Deal: My Vietnam War Story.” In between looped showings of the documentary, guests will be able to talk one on one with Jim in the Museum Lobby. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will also be available. Doors open at 4:30PM. This is a free event. Free will donations will be accepted and shared equally between the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum and Cedar Valley Honor Flight.

COMMUNITY SEND-OFF CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR IOWA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNIT

When: October 10, 2019 at 5PM

Location: Boone High School gym, 500 7th St., Boone, Iowa

POC: Col. Michael Wunn, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer by email at michael.a.wunn.mil@mail.mil or 515-252-4582 (office) or 515-971-6385 (cell)

Details: Approximately 60 Soldiers will be honored in a community send-off ceremony for the Boone-based Company C, 2-147th Assault Helicopter Battalion (AHB) at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2019, in the Boone High School gym, 500 7th St., Boone, Iowa. Local officials and Iowa National Guard leadership will participate and the public and media are welcome and encouraged to attend the send-off ceremony. These Soldiers will travel to their mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas, for additional training before assignment to specific overseas locations in the U.S. Central Command theater of operation. CENTCOM is comprised of 20 nations in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, including Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.The unit's mission is to provide air movement and air assault operations to support combat operations in CENTCOM, including VIP and medical evacuation support. Company C has previously mobilized in support of Kosovo Force (KFOR) in 2010 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2014. For more information about the Iowa National Guard go to: www.iowanationalguard.com. Be sure to "like" us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IowaNationalGuard and follow us on Twitter @IowaNatGuard and Instagram @IowaNationalGuard for the latest Iowa National Guard news.

DEDICATION CEREMONY for the DALLAS COUNTY FREEDOM ROCK

When: Saturday, October 19th at 10am

Location: The Dallas County Freedom Rock is located just south of the Depot (The Nineteen14 Pub) in Minburn, Iowa; alongside the Raccoon River Valley bike trail and Highway 169

POC: Don Richardson, Vice Cdr, Minburn American Legion Post #99, 515.321.9320 or 07sgmrich@gmail.com

Details:  Speakers include RAY MICHAEL SORENSEN II (Freedom Rock Artist), SIMON CONWAY (Puppy Jake Foundation & the USS Iowa BOD), and Mr. Nick Praska from the Dallas County Veterans Affairs office. Our Freedom Rock is located in a new memorial park in Minburn adjacent to the renovated Depot and alongside the Raccoon River Valley bike trail and Highway 169. We plan for a formal ceremony but appropriate for the size of Minburn and our small American Legion Post, Osborne Post #99.

Iowa Veterans Day Observance at Iowa Veterans Cemetary

When: Monday, November 11, 8:00am

Location: Iowa Veterans Cemetary, 34024 Veterans Memorial Dr, Adel, IA 50003

POC: KJ Lettow, karl.lettow@iowa.gov

Details: Event is rain or shine. More details to follow.

Story County Supermarket of Veterans Benefits

When: Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location: The PLEX, 5501 George Washington Carver Ave. Ames, IA

POC: 515-956-2626 Brett McLain or 515-956-2625 Erin Rewerts

Details: Iowa Department of VA / Story County Veterans Affairs/ Iowa Veterans Home / VA Regional Office / VA Medical Center/ Shot Clinic / Homeless Outreach / IA Transition Assistance Advisor / ISU Vet Center / VA Vet Center/ Story County Treasurer / Story County Assessor / America Legion / Disabled American Veterans / Vietnam Veterans of America / E-Benefits and My HealtheVet / Veterans Golfers Association / All information and services are FREE OF CHARGE!.

UNI vs. Indiana State Football Military Appreciation Night

When: Saturday, November 9, 4pm

Location: The UNI-Dome, 2501 Hudson Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50614

POC: https://unipanthers.com/index.aspx

Details: BAND DAY | MILITARY APPRECIATION | CAMO-OUT | 5 SPORT PASSPORT | CAMO SHIRTS GIVEAWAY.

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