This Veterans Day weekend, the town of Danville is hosting a variety of events and fun activities to show active and retired military members how much the community appreciates their service and sacrifice.
Veterans Day hits two historic milestones this year, not only is it the centennial of Armistice Day -- the end of World War I -- but it will also mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive -- one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War. And Danville is offering various opportunities for residents to recognize the anniversaries.
Military-themed exhibits will be displayed in a pop-up museum in the main auditorium of the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., as well as outside the building, commemorating the two anniversaries, Saturday through Monday.
Pop-up museum exhibits and displays will include an extensive exhibit by the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, full-size cockpit of F-8 Crusader jet, a “Huey” helicopter, carvings and artwork by US Army combat artists, post 9/11-Global War on Terror display, an author’s table featuring book signings by local military authors, and many more.
The museum will also have special displays on the Doolittle Raid and Peace Support Operations as well as a presentation by the USS Hornet.
The Veterans Memorial Building will hold a special bell tolling performance by local hand bell group, invocation, at 11 a.m. Sunday, a brief talk by museum curator Beverly Lane on WWI Valley veterans, a poetry reading and a special bugle performance using a WWI bugle.
Admission is free to the Veterans Day pop-up museum and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Residents interested in learning more about the history of WWI, as well as the San Ramon Valley’s involvement in the conflict, may be interested in visiting the Museum of the San Ramon Valley’s newest exhibit “The War to End All Wars: A Great War Centennial.” Displays chronicle the last days of the war, the lives of local soldiers that fought in it, as well as the devastating Spanish flu that ravaged the world in postwar years.
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located in the restored Southern Pacific Depot, 205 Railroad Ave. in downtown Danville. Hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 1-4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays noon to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person, $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children.
Downtown, the Village Theatre and Art Gallery has recently opened its winter series, which is comprised of art made by military veterans.
“Conflict and Compassion: Through the Eyes of a Veteran" features photographs, sketches and sculptures, as well as a series of self-portraits created by veterans the California Arts Council’s Veterans Initiative in the Arts “AboutFace” program.