The 27th Annual Idaho Veterans Olympics, with the theme “Honoring Vietnam Veterans,” kick off at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 13 on the VA Medical Center grounds at 5th and Fort Streets in Boise.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, and veterans from that war will be honored. In addition, several of the torch lighters will be Vietnam veterans, and a number of other Vietnam veterans will attend.
The day’s events will begin with a parade of veterans escorted by volunteers, led by a Color Guard from Gowen Field, and the Mountain Home High School Band. The parade begins at the entrance to the VA Medical Center and works its way through the Avenue of Flags to the ceremony area.
All veterans are invited to join the parade and be recognized.
Following the parade and brief ceremony, veterans and representatives from the Idaho State Veterans Home will light the Olympic torch.
Immediately following the torch lighting, veterans ranging in age from 35 to 99, who live at the Idaho State Veterans Home, VA Medical Center and other long-term care facilities in the Treasure Valley, will compete for medals in Olympic-style events, including adaptations of the discus, javelin throw, basketball, the soccer kick and golf putting. Bowling, fishing and shooting competitions are held off-site.
Other attractions include hot air balloons, a free barbecue for all participants and volunteers, and an awards ceremony during which members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will award gold and silver medals.
The public is invited. For more information, call 780-1700.