MODESTO -- Veterans Day is today. Here is a list of events throughout the region to honor active and retired members of the country's armed forces:
Today: The Holiday of Hope Cruise In 4 a Cause, a free car show and shine at American Tire Depot, 3120 McHenry Ave., will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include a raffle and silent auction, with proceeds going to Toys for Tots.
Today: At 9 a.m., the Veterans Day Parade begins at 10th and O streets, and then proceeds down Needham Street to Graceada Park. The grand marshals are Ruby Brawley, the only female commander in the 96-year history of American Legion Post 74, and Laurie Stansbury, a recent veteran. A ceremony at the park will follow. Call (209) 558-7380.
Today: A veterans concert featuring performances by California State University, Stanislaus, musicians and vocalists will be held at 2 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. Admission is free, but limited to two tickets per person. To learn more, visit www.galloarts.org or call (209) 338-2100.
Today: A film in honor of Veterans Day "High Ground: The Journey Home is an Uphill Battle" will play at the State Theatre. The documentary follows 11 wounded vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as they climb Nepal's Lobuche East with blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer. One of the climbers, Modesto resident Sgt. Justin Moore, Army National Guard, and John von Seeburg, a Bay Area resident and a cinematographer for the film, will talk about the making of the film at both screenings. Proceeds benefit Rivers of Recovery, a program for the rehabilitation of combat veterans. The film screens at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 general, $6 veterans. The State Theatre is at 1307 J St.
Today: At Prime Shine carwash locations, Prime Shine and The Modesto Bee will give a free wash and newspaper to every veteran who visits.
Today: CrossPoint Community Church, 1301 12th St., will hold a program, Honoring Veterans, featuring a veterans choir and speakers. Guests will have a chance to record a message for their loved ones overseas. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Call (209) 521-0181.
Don Pedro Reservoir
Through Wednesday: The Don Pedro Recreation Agency, 10200 Bonds Flat Road, La Grange, is honoring active U.S. military personnel and veterans with free admission. Military members and their families will have full use of all camping facilities and use of the lake. Camping reservations are not required, but can be made by calling (209) 852-2396, ext. 3.
Today: At 11 a.m., the annual Veterans Day Parade will begin down Fifth Street to Veterans Memorial Hall, where a flag-raising ceremony will be held and the Gustine High School band will perform the national anthem. A program will follow. For more, call (209) 854-3488.
Monday: An 11 a.m. program at Manuel Valverde Park, 15557 Fifth St., will include guest speaker Master Sgt. Trisha Backers, a performance by the Lathrop School choir and the posting of colors by the Lathrop High School JROTC. Call (209) 941-7370.
Today: The Livingston Veterans Day Parade will start at C and Main streets and proceed down Main Street to Park Street, where it will disband. It is sponsored by the Livingston-Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8327 and Ladies Auxiliary, along with the Delhi American Legion Post 189. There will be an awards ceremony after the parade at the Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Seventh St., where a homemade soup lunch will be served, for a donation of $5. Call Denis at (209) 394-2059.
Today: A Veterans Day ceremony and parade will begin at noon in Bob Hart Square, 510 W. Main St. After the opening ceremony at noon, the parade will begin at 1 p.m. and will travel down Main Street to O Street. Call the County Veteran Service Office at (209) 385-7588.
Today: Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District will honor veterans in a ceremony at 1 p.m. at the EPVMD Monument on Algiers Street. The Calaveras Community Band will perform at 12:30 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 343 of Murphys will lead the color guard and pledge of allegiance. Linda Anderson Woolworth will sing the national anthem and "God Bless America."
Monday: At 10:30 a.m., a program will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, at Locust Avenue and South First Street. The main speaker will be Marine Corps Col. Adrian W. Burke. The emcee will be Ernest Tyhurst, first vice commander of the American Legion Post 190. Call (209) 599-0050.
Monday: The first Honoring Our Veterans Golf Tournament will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stevinson Ranch, 2700 N. Van Clief Road. It benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. There will be special recognition for all veterans and active-duty military members. Dinner and raffle follow. Cost is $120 per player, four-person scramble, and includes on-course events, a sack lunch, prizes, live music and dinner. For more, call (209) 585-9508.
Through Monday: Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members and reserve members of the U.S. armed forces and their families.