Armed Forces Day service to be held Saturday

Mirror file photo The Jaffa Highlanders perform during the 2018 Armed Forces Day ceremony at Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona. The event is free and open to the public.

Armed Forces Day will be celebrated Saturday at The Wall That Heals at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center on Pleasant Valley Boulevard.

The program will honor female veterans, and each female veteran will receive a pin.

Displays by local service and military organizations will be open to the public at 9 a.m.

Patriotic music will be provided during the day by the Cambria County Community Band.

The Blair County Honor Guard will advance and retire the colors. The Jaffa Highlanders will play “Amazing Grace,” along with other selections.

The main program will begin at 2 p.m. with John Clay of WTAJ as master of ceremonies.

The keynote speaker will be Staff Sgt. Tammy Wholaver, a native of DuBois who entered the U.S. Army Reserves in 1999. She served in various active-duty assignments in both the U.S. and overseas. Wholaver was deployed to Iraq from April 2003 to March 2004 and again, July 2006 through September 2007.

Her awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Metal, Army Reserve Compo-nents Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Cam-paign Medal with Campaign Star, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, the Noncommis-sioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon Component Overseas Training Ribbon and Driver’s Badge.

The event will conclude with a 21-gun salute as State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. plays “Taps” while local service organizations lay wreaths at The Wall That Heals.