Events are planned both Thursday and Friday in South Sound to mark Veterans Day, which falls on Friday this year. State and federal employees get the day off.
Veterans Day ceremony: The public is invited to gather at noon at the World War II Memorial on the state Capitol Campus near the corner of Capitol Way and 11th Avenue. The group will then walk to the Winged Victory Monument, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and finally to the Korean War Memorial, hearing a speaker at each stop. Poppies and flags will be available to place at the memorials.
Veterans Appreciation Volunteer Day: Many veterans are helping restore South Sound prairies; their efforts support both rare wildlife and national defense. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Center for Natural Lands Management will host a volunteer event centered on veterans with prairie restoration activities and a BBQ. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Hawks Prairie Park and Ride, 2548 Hogum Bay Road NE, to caravan or carpool to Tenalquot Prairie.
Veteran’s Day: World War II, Korea and Vietnam War veteran Eugene Frank Jones will be honored at 3 p.m. at Tumwater Falls Park. The ceremony is hosted by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.
Veterans Day at Capitol Rotunda: Seating starts at 10:30 a.m., program starts at 11 a.m. There will be seating for elders and people with disabilities. Presented by the Thurston County Veterans Council.
Walk in Support of Transgender Veterans: 3:30-6 p.m. starting at Percival Landing near the Kissing Statue on the corner of Water Street and Fourth Avenue. Participants are encouraged to carry signs in support of transgender veterans.
Free Day at Washington State Parks: No Discover Pass required today.