Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at fairgrounds pavilion

BREMERTON — Doors open at 9 a.m. for the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds pavilion, Nov. 11.

The event is reportedly the largest Veterans Day program in Washington.

The program will begin at 10:20 a.m. Admission is free.

The day will include 24 booths with military-related displays, including vintage uniforms and vehicles. Food will be donated by Crazy Eric’s Drive-In and Costco. The Bremerton High School Marching Band will perform.

More than 1,800 people are expected to attend.

The program begins at 10:20 a.m. with a formal parade of colors. Rear Adm. David Kriete, commander of Submarine Group Nine, and Guy Stitt, Bremerton Navy League ambassador, will serve as co-masters of ceremonies.

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder will introduce the military and political dignitaries. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Willie Tart, USAF ret., author of “Unwavering Strength.”

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of Navy League coordinates and funds this annual event in partnership with 40 other organizations.

The organizers thank  Navy League members, event chairman John Gardner, and founding committee members Earle and Sandra Smith for their work throughout the year.

Sponsors include the City of Bremerton, Raytheon, Gordon Sound, North Woods Productions and the Kitsap County Board of County Commissioners.

PORT ORCHARD — ParkVista by Bonaventure, a retirement and assisted living community, hosts a Marine Corps Day Breakfast at 9 a.m. Nov. 10. Veterans and active duty military personnel dine for free.

At 2 p.m. Nov. 11, ParkVista hosts a Veterans Day celebration, with a Color Guard flag presentation, military guest speakers, patriotic music, and cake and punch reception. The celebration is open to the public.

ParkVista is located at 2944 SE Lund Ave., Port Orchard. Call 360-207-6011.

SEQUIM — Chance McKinney performs a benefit Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at 7 Cedars Casino, Sequim.

Tickets are $10 at Proceeds benefit Captain Joseph House.

Active military and veterans can enjoy a free homestyle buffet from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in 7 Cedars’ Salish Room.