Special ceremony to recognize military members. 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Edgewood Baptist Church, 717 S. Main St., Nicholasville. Event will include presentation of awards and certificates to soldiers and family members of deceased soldiers. Doug Day, (859) 621-9872.
Community Veterans Day observance. 2-3:15 p.m. Nov. 9. Henry Clay High School, Lassiter Auditorium, 2100 Fontaine Rd., Lexington. Mayor Jim Gray will make a special announcement to veterans. Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers from 1st Special Troops Brigade, part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, will address students and veterans. Veterans are encouraged to wear medals/ribbons, by request of the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Current service members are requested to attend in the uniform of the day.
Fifth annual Victory 5-K run. 9 a.m. Saturday, Lexington VA Medical Center, 2250 Leestown Road. Pre-registration, $20. Go to Allsportcentral.com and use the keyword "Victory." Race-day registration $25. Proceeds buy items for veterans being treated at the VA. (859) 281-4903.
Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. Nov. 11. Camp Nelson National Cemetery, 6980 Danville Rd., Nicholasville. (859) 885-5727
Veterans Day Slumgulleon. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11. American Legion Man o' War Post 8, 1230 Man o' War Place, Lexington. Free to area veterans and their guests
Military headstone dedication for Capt. Goodloe McDowell, WWI Veteran and descendant of Henry Clay. 3 p.m. Nov. 11. Lexington Cemetery, Lexington. Sponsored by American Legion Man o' War Post 8, in conjunction with Sgt. E.P. Marrs Camp, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Fifth annual Veterans Appreciation Day. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12. Danville National Guard Armory. Sponsored by Heritage Hospice Inc. All veterans in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties are invited and may bring one guest each. Members of Masonic lodges Franklin No. 28 F&AM, Lancaster No. 104 and Mercer No. 777 will cook fish and barbecue for the meal, with Indian Hill Christian Church providing desserts. Students at Danville Christian Academy will serve food with the assistance of community leaders. After parking near Admiral Stadium, veterans will be driven to armory entrance.
The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs will observe Veterans Day at its four state veterans cemeteries and three veterans centers. Kdva.firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ 11 a.m. Nov. 12 Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North. 205 Eibeck Ln., Williamstown. (859) 823-0720. The Grant County High School JROTC will present the colors and lay wreaths. Guest speaker: retired Army Maj.Dwayne Edwards. National anthem sung by Williamstown High School Choir, and Northern Kentucky Blue Star Mothers will provide refreshments.
■ 10 a.m. Nov. 12. Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East, 100 Veterans Memorial Dr., Greenup County. Guest speaker: Medal of Honor recipient Ernie West. (606) 929-5354.
■ 11 a.m. Nov. 12. Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central. 2501 N. Dixie Blvd., Radcliff. Guest speaker: Assistant Adjutant Steve Eagan. Active duty members from Fort Knox will provide the chaplain and honor guard. Flag placement at 1 p.m. Nov. 10. All volunteers are welcome to participate. (270) 351-5115.
■ 11:11 a.m. Nov. 10. Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Dr., Wilmore. at the front entrance. Keynote speaker Col. Terry Orange. At 2 p.m. Nov. 11., certificates of appreciation will be presented to residents. Michelle Q. Ewing, director of activities, (859) 858-2814.
■ 10 a.m. Nov. 11. Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center, 100 Veterans Dr., Hazard. The Mountain Brother Widow Sons will pass out hats and host a social for residents. At 10 a.m. Nov. 12, there will be a Veterans Day ceremony in the upstairs dining room. At 6 p.m. Nov. 10, center residents plusveterans and their spouses from the community are invited to the National Guard Armory for a ceremony, dinner and special awards sponsored and hosted by Avawam Pentecostal Church. At noon Nov. 12, the City of Hazard will hold its Veterans Day ceremony.
T.G.I. Friday's Veterans Day Program. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12 at T.G.I.Friday's restaurants. The restaurants will honor the military with free lunch. Show proof of military service: a U.S. Uniform Services ID Card, a U.S. Uniform Services Retired ID Card, a Current Leave and Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, a DD214, a photograph in uniform, or wearing a uniform. Facebook.com/EatAtTGIFridays
Veterans dinner. 6 p.m. Nov. 12. Nicholas County Elementary School, Carlisle. Sponsored by Nicholas County Cancer Coalition and Hospice of the Bluegrass. Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs staff will attend and distribute benefit information.
Free pig roast and country music festival. 2 p.m.-closing Nov. 10. Copper Still, 212 Water St., Richmond. Contests with prizes. Drink specials throughout the festival. $5 donations accepted with proceeds to benefit Bluegrass Military Affairs Coalition Kentucky Wounded Warriors program.