The Magic Valley will pause to honor veterans both young and old for their service as Veterans Day rolls around on Friday.
The College of Southern Idaho’s Wednesday veterans recognition ceremony kicked off four days of events surrounding the national holiday. From school ceremonies to free car washes, active military members and veterans will receive a bit more red carpet treatment in the coming days.
Here are the highlights:
Ceremony: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2136 will host 11 a.m. Friday Veterans Day services at Twin Falls City Park. A member of the recently returned Idaho Army National Guard 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team will be the guest speaker.
Party The William L. McCauley Detachment of the Marine Corps League will hold a birthday ball at 6 p.m. today at the Turf Club, 734 Falls Ave., Twin Falls. The event celebrates the 236th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. Tickets are $30 at the door.
Meal: Veterans will receive a free Friday meal at Prasai’s Thai Cuisine, 428 Second Ave. E., and Prasai’s Thai 2 Go, 1563 Fillmore St., in Twin Falls. Information: 733-2222 or 735-8424.
Car wash: Rocket Express Car Wash, 1122 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., will provide free car washes to all veterans and active-duty service members on Friday. Spouses of active-duty personnel are also invited.
Ceremony: Popplewell Elementary School, at 200 N. Sixth Ave. in Buhl, will hold a 2:15 p.m. assembly today in the gymnasium to honor veterans and current service members.
The public, area veterans and current service members are invited to attend. Local VFW members will present the colors, while former Buhl student J.D. Gould will speak about serving in Afghanistan. Patriotic songs will be among the other presentations.
Ceremony: American Legion Post 17 will hold an 11 a.m. Friday Veterans Day ceremony at Centennial Park in Burley. An open house at the corner of 15th and Albion streets will also be held.
Ceremony/lunch: Gooding High School will host a 2 p.m. Friday Veterans Day program at the school’s gymnasium. Veterans and the public are invited.
All veterans are invited to a free 1 p.m. lunch at the school, 1050 Seventh Ave. W. RSVP at 934-4831.
Ceremony: The Idaho School for the Deaf and the Blind will host a 12:40 p.m. veterans program on Friday. Students will honor each Idaho soldier who has died in recent wars. The school is located at 1450 Main St., Gooding.
Dinner: A free spaghetti dinner to honor Jerome County veterans will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at the American Legion War Memorial Building at the corner of Seventh and Lincoln streets in Jerome. Information: 644-2708 or 944-4300.
Lunch: The Snake River Elks Lodge, at 412 E. 200 S. near Jerome, will hold a free lunch for all military members at noon Saturday. Donations will be accepted by public attendees. A short program and flag ceremony will be held.
RSVP at 324-0200.
Lunch: The Minidoka County Senior Center, 702 11th St., Rupert, will hold a noon veterans’ lunch on Friday. Each veteran will receive a flag donated by Morrison Funeral Home and Crematory.
Ceremony: Shoshone School District will hold a 10 a.m. ceremony today at the school gymnasium at 61 E. Idaho Highway 26 in Shoshone.
Veterans and members of the public are invited to attend the event, which will include a variety of speakers, songs and demonstrations.
Guests are invited to stay after the program for refreshments.
Ceremony:Twin Falls veterans Danny Marona and Michelle Halford Harcourt will be among those recognized during the Saturday Red White and Blue regional veterans tribute held in Pocatello.
The daylong event starts with a 10 a.m. flyover at the intersection of First Avenue and Center Street in Pocatello. A small parade will follow to the Don Aslett Museum of Clean Event Center, 711 S. Second Ave., where a ceremony will be held.
Entertainment will continue at the center, with free admission and $4 for food.