Veterans Day Weekend commemorates sacrifice, service
Eureka Springs will be honoring the valor of its local veterans with several scheduled events this weekend, saluting their service with food, commemorations and more.
Legends Saloon will kick off Veterans Day festivities in Eureka Springs with a Marine Birthday and Veterans Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. There will be live entertainment, a free buffet for veterans, a cash bar and a silent auction.
Eureka Springs’ 10th Annual Veterans Day Parade rolls through downtown Eureka Springs starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. All local veterans are the grand marshals in the parade, which honors women veterans, code talkers, transgender veterans, veterans who received a Purple Heart and everyone else who served. There will be a special place for veterans at the front of the parade, with a family section behind the walking veterans. American Legion Post 9 will have a ceremony and rifle salute at 11:11 a.m. in the Pied Piper parking lot, followed by a meet and greet with food provided by area restaurants.
The Veterans Day Committee will bring two special collections of military memorabilia and insignias from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. David Bradley and Don Edwards are bringing a trailer packed full of their collections. They are both from Oklahoma and will be in the parade and at the Meet and Greet. Both are knowledgeable and have stories to tell.
Bradley has an extensive collection of World War II Air Corps memorabilia and will have at least six mannequins dressed in authentic uniforms, silver wings, pictures, documents and much more. Edwards also has an extensive collection of insignia for all branches of the military. He is recognized as one of the leading authorities on insignia in America. His collection goes back to the early 1800s.
Admission is free and the event will take place at Main Stage Community Center at 67 N. Main in Eureka Springs.
Warrior Gratitude, a yoga fundraiser for the Veterans Yoga Project, will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Eureka Springs Community Center’s community meeting room. Mindful movement yoga practice, a chair-based practice for all skill levels, will be held from 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Guided rest, a guided deep meditation to improve sleep and energy levels, will be held from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $15 for one class or $25 for both.
Wendy Reese Hartmann, who will be teaching the class, said yoga is a way for veterans to cope with post-traumatic stress.
“One of the problems with post-traumatic stress is your mind becomes your enemy, and the desire to numb yourself is strong,” she said. “Guided meditation is a way to relax and come safely into the body — to be able to merge those through the breathing and the visualization.”
All proceeds will be donated to the Veterans Yoga Project, which Hartmann said served 7,800 veterans their families last year.
Eureka Springs High School will have a Veterans Day assembly at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the auditorium. The assembly will feature veteran recognition, a slideshow and patriotic music. There will be a free lunch for veterans when the assembly ends.
The Bragging Rights Hamburger Cook-Off will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at the Pine Mountain Village Parking Lot, where local restaurants compete for the best burger in town. For a $5 donation, you can get a drink, sample all the burgers and vote for your favorite burger and grill cook.