Saturday, August 24, 2019; 10:00-11:00 am
AMVET Post #2, Des Moines
Flag burning ceremonies retire American flags in a dignified ceremonial burning, showing our respect for our flag until the end of its service. The ceremony will begin with identifying that the flag is unusable and needs to be retired, followed by the burning of the flag itself. In the meantime, there will be hot dogs and hamburger grilling on the side. Young Patriots Club will be singing songs while the flags.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019; 6:30-7:30 pm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Kick-Off Night is the official start of the 2019-2020 YPC year. Registration information will be collected, and orders for YPC polos will be taken. This will be the best night for getting your questions answered and becoming familiar with fellow Young Patriots. You won't want to miss it!
September 11, 2019; 5:30-6:30 pm
Iowa Capitol Building
March to the Capitol is a 9/11 Memorial walk in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Some participants will be marching the full 21 miles from Waukee to the Capitol, while others may walk a shorter distance or meet them at the Capitol. Young Patriots Club will be performing patriotic pieces at the front garden of the Iowa Capitol building once the marchers arrive.
Thursday, October 3, 2019; 7:00-8:00 pm
American Legion Post 403
Because of You Old Glory Flies is a book filled with poems of gratitude towards our American heroes in uniform, written by Young Patriots Club's own director, Mrs. Julie Dueker. Additionally, these beautiful poems are joined with stunning illistrations by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen, well known as the Freedom Rock painter. This book was made to bless anyone who reads it with a sense of pride, gratitude, and love for our veterans. Young Patriots Club will be performing some of the poems from the book at its launch, where there will be light refreshments and an opportunity to meet both the author and the illistrator, as well as purchase a copy if you are so inclined.
Sunday, October 6, 2019; 1:00 pm
West Des Moines Fire Station 18
Join the West Des Moines Fire Department for their annual Memorial Ceremony honoring the memory of those we have lost. Young Patriots Club will be performing several pieces, including a poem directed specifically towards our brave firefighters. We look forward to seeing you there!
November 2, 2019; 9:00-9:30 am
Ankeny Band Shell
The Tunnels to Towers Foundation was made in honor of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who lost his life saving others during the September 11 terrorist attacks. Siller received a call about the tragedy when he was off duty and, due to security closings of traffic tunnels and roads, chose to carry his gear and run the distance to the World Trade Center. It is in his memory, as well as all the other brave first responders who have served, that the Tunnels to Towers Foundation holds a 5k run and walk each November. Young Patriots Club will perform patriotic pieces at the Ankeny Band Shell at the end of the walk/run. We encourage you to consider registering to run or walk!
November 9, 2019; 10:00-11:00 am
Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
Details coming soon
The Iowa Gold Star Museum's Veterans Day program is an annual ceremony dedicated to thanking our brave veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country. YPC has the honor of singing with Military Tribute Concert. The museum itself iis a beautiful place were you can learn about past wars and reflect on our veterans sacrifices.
February 1, 2020; 10:00-11:00 am
Gloria Day Lutheran Church
Valentines for Vets is a fundraisor for veterans and service dogs. For a $20 dollar registration fee, you will get a plate of cookies to decorate and enjoy. All proceeds will go towards helping a wounded veteran get a serice dog. By attending, you will also get the chance to meet the dog trainers and their dogs. Additionally, the students of Mount Olive Lutheran School and Young Patriots Club will be performing while you decorate.
December 14, 2019
YPC will be singing at Marshalltown Veterans Home before their wreaths across America service. We hope to see you there!