A number of events are being planned throughout San Luis Obispo County today and Thursday to mark Veterans Day:
North County veterans recognition dinner at 5 p.m. tonight. Hosted by Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733, honoring veterans from Atascadero, Creston, Santa Margarita and Templeton. Dinner is free to all disabled veterans and one caregiver. $10 for all others. Atascadero Elks Lodge, 1516 El Camino Real, Atascadero.
Tribute to veterans at 11 a.m. Thursday. Hosted by American Legion Post No. 432, featuring the Cambria Choir, a keynote talk by decorated Vietnam combat veteran Greg Sanders and a barbecue lunch. Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., Cambria.
Ceremony and barbecue at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Instead of a keynote speaker, guests will be invited to share personal experiences. Lunch provided by the Bay-Osos Kiwanis. Free. Los Osos Valley Memorial Park, 2260 Los Osos Valley Road. 528-1500.
Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. Thursday. Live patriotic music, flyover demonstration by Estrella Warbird planes and a ceremony to honor local veterans, featuring keynote speaker Lt. Col. Bohn of Camp San Luis Obispo, followed by a free hot dog lunch provided by Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home. Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10965 and American Legion Post 50. Paso Robles District Cemetery, 45 Nacimiento Lake Drive. 238-4544.
San Luis Obispo
Central Coast Veterans Memorial Museum. Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday for docent-led tours. Showcasing memorabilia honoring veterans of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. 801 Grand Ave., San Luis Obispo. 543-1763. www.vetmuseum.org.
Brief ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday. San Luis Cemetery, 2890 S. Higuera St., San Luis Obispo.
Villages of San Luis Obispo Veterans Day celebration at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Featuring veteran guest speakers, the Central Coast Leatherneck Honor Guard, live music by The Dave Becker Trio, military memorabilia and refreshments. Honoring residents of The Villages and community members who have served their country. 55 Broad St., San Luis Obispo. 543-2300.
Veterans Celebration at Thursday night Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Hosted by the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association and the city of San Luis Obispo. Procession at 6:15 p.m. through the market led by the Marine Corps Color Guard, Central Coast Pipes and Drums and the Grizzly Youth Academy Drill Team, followed by posting of colors and ceremony at Chorro and Higuera streets. Retiring Mayor and veteran Dave Romero will be honored. Displays and informational booths, free flags and balloons. www.downtownslo.com.