Special programs to honor veterans at Iowa State Fair
DES MOINES — The Iowa State Fair will honor active and retired military with special Veterans’ Day =programming and discounts throughout the day Monday.
Veterans will be honored with discounted gate admission Monday. With a military I.D., retired and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses will receive $8 gate admission from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Veterans’ Day also will feature special patriotic programming.
The Veterans’ Day parade, an annual tradition featuring military bands, floats and more, will parade down the Grand Concourse at 11 a.m.
The Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s Freedom Bell will be on display north of the Administration Building through Monday. The bell honors the Armed Forces past, present and future.
Stop by the West Grand Exhibit Area to check out the Hoover Presidential Library Museum display focused on President Hoover’s food relief efforts during World War I. Brush up on history, snag a Hoover biscuit and be sure to catch the Hoover Humanitarian Relief Ship as it cruises the grounds daily from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Visit the “Remembering Our Fallen” display in the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center Atrium and pay tribute to Iowa’s military who have died from wounds since Sept. 11, 2001. The display is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The special events don’t stop there. Throughout the day, fairgoers can enjoy performances, such as a military tribute concert honoring Iowa’s veterans as well as performances by the 34th Army Band, which is headquartered in Fairfield, and Iowa Military Veterans’ Band.
The 2014 Iowa State Fair opens Thursday and continues through Aug. 17.