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Upcoming Events

Jul
10-Aug 31

Jul 10 - Aug 31

Various Locations

Here are a few upcoming events supporting our local veteran community! 

 

Contact: Natalie Woodhurst, veterans@sau.edu

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Free Tours of Lock and Dam 15
Saturdays through Labor Day

Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project offer free tours of Lock and Dam 15 every Saturday through Labor Day weekend. These tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and last one hour. Tours being conducted outside are dependent on the weather. Participants must wear shoes with enclosed toes and backs, tennis shoes are preferred. Purses, bags, cameras and pictures are not allowed on the tour, but will be allowed in the Visitor Center before and after the tours. Walking is required. Special tours may be arranged for schools, families or organizational groups. Pre-registration is recommended because the group size is limited and tours sometimes fill fast. Group tours must call ahead to schedule a tour at least 14 days in advance of their arrival date. Tours begin and end at the Mississippi River Visitor Center.
Reservations: Mississippi River Visitor Center, 309-794-5338

Korean War Armistice Wreath Laying Ceremony
July 27, 10 a.m.

Rock Island National Cemetery

Korean War Veterans Association Quad Cities Chapter 168 will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 64th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice and National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day on Thursday, July 27, at 10 a.m., at the Memorial Walkway, Rock Island National Cemetery. The Army Sustainment Command commanding general will be the keynote speaker. The ASC commanding general leads a global organization responsible for sustaining Army and joint forces in the U.S. and abroad in support of combatant commanders. The ceremony will include a wreath laying, rifle salute, and Taps. The Korean War, which began June 25, 1950, with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea, officially ended July 27, 1953, a day now officially recognized as Armistice Day. The signing marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. Last year's presidential proclamation stated, "Today, the Republic of Korea enjoys a thriving democracy and a bustling economy, and the legacy of our Korean War veterans continues on in the 50 million South Koreans who live with liberty and opportunity. The United States is proud to stand with our partner in Asian security and stability, and our commitment to our friend and ally will never waver-a promise embodied by our servicemen and women who fought from the Chosin Reservoir to Heartbreak Ridge and Pork Chop Hill, and by every American since who has stood sentinel on freedom's frontier."

The Wall That Heals
July 27-30
3300 River Dr. Moline, IL
Western Illinois University - Quad Cities Campus

About The Wall That Heals: On Veterans Day in 1996, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) unveiled a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns throughout the nation, spreading the memorial's healing legacy to millions.

Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

2017 BIX 7 Road Race
July 29

Free Entry for Active Duty/Active Reserve Military 

To celebrate our American pride, Bix 7 is inviting all active duty military and active duty reserve forces to enter for FREE. Complete the entry form, enter your military ID number where indicated, and mail your entry. You must pick up your packet in-person at the Bix 7 Expo and show your military ID. Online registrations will not be accepted.

Freedon Rum 5K
August 3, 6:30 p.m.
733 15th Ave., East Moline, IL

From the cannon used as a "starter's pistol" to the "dog-tag" medals the soldiers will place around the participants necks at the finish line, this unique event is "military" from start to finish. The WWII Army jeep as the pace car, the various military vehicles throughout the course, the 100+ American flags lining the course, the camo-netting over the refreshments area, the unique military style tee shirt each participant will receive, this event will be 100% military. More than anything, though, the Freedom Run 5K is about our American Forces joining together in the spirit of camraderie and community. It's a chance for the troops to extend the military 'esprit de corps' and civilians to thank them for their support, to say thanks simply by participating. We know you're in for a very special experience! 

Mississippi Valley Fair Military Day
August 6 until 5 p.m
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Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, Davenport

Free grounds admission for those with a Military ID, both active and inactive, on Sunday, August 6 until 5:00 p.m. Enjoy rides and games at the Evans United Shows Carnival or compete for a chance to take home a beloved blue ribbon! Experience the 2017 Mississippi Valley Fair by seeing your favorite artists, singing along to your favorite songs and making memories with your closest friends.

River Bandits Military Tuesdays
August 8 and 15, 6:35 p.m.
Modern Woodman Park

All military personnel and their families receive $1 bleacher tickets with a valid Military ID every Tuesday! Every Tuesday is also Dew for Twosday, so bring an empty Mountain Dew bottle or can to the box office to receive a voucher for a drink at the concession stand; limit one per fan.

Veterans Night at the Bluegrass Drive-In
August 1, 6 p.m.

774 W. Mayne St. Bluegrass, IA

Mention "Veterans Night" at the ticket booth to receive half-priced tickets. The movie(s) showing is scheduled by the Bluegrass Drive-In. Movies begin at dusk. Food and drink specials available at the snack bar. You must mention "Veterans Night" to recieve the special pricing. Coordinated by the Quad Cities Vet Center in Moline. 

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