Ames Patriotic Council

We, the citizens of Ames, Iowa, have organized ourselves together for the purpose of creating within the community a greater love of country, promoting true patriotism by patriotic activities on major holidays and in other ways suitable for the occasion.



FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2022

11 a.m.

Municipal Auditorium, Ames City Hall

The Ames Patriotic Council's Veterans Day program this year will take place at the Ames City Auditorium, 520 Sixth St., Ames, at 11a.m. Friday, Nov. 11.  For those wishing to view the program remotely, it will also be streamed live on the Patriotic Council's Facebook page at and on the Patriotic Council's web site at .  The video will also be available for viewing at later times and days at these addresses.

 The featured speaker this year will be Captain Duane Pitcher, U.S. Navy (Retired).  Duane is well known in Ames, having served as the finance director of the City of Ames for 22 years, retiring in September of this year.

Captain Duane Pitcher

U.S. Navy (Retired)

 A native of Greene, IA, Captain Pitcher received his bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and his master's degree from California State University, East Bay. He was commissioned in 1983 at the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI.  Pitcher served four years on active duty and 26 years in the Selected Reserves, including several assignments in Yokosuka, Japan.  Captain Pitcher's duty assignments have taken him as far north as the Bering Sea and as far south as Antarctica.  His final assignment was as the Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for the State of Iowa.  He retired from the Navy in October 2013 with over 30 years of military service. 

Captain Pitcher and his wife Raveevun live in Ames and have two adult children, Adriana and Thomas.

Ames Patriotic Council President Tim Gartin will introduce the Veterans Day program.  Gartin, who currently also serves as Mayor Pro Tem, will offer the welcome from the City of Ames.  Stan Elliott will offer the welcome from American Legion Post #37.  The colors will be presented by the ISU ROTC Color Guard.  The program will include musical performances by singer Jim DeHoet and the Heart of Iowa Senior Band led by Don Dobell with a special appearance by the Ames High School Concert Chorale accompanied by Carol Weber.  Roger Elliott will offer opening and closing prayers.

 All veterans from all services and all periods will be honored. 

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PACT Act Veterans Benefits

Veterans suffering from various cancers or other ailments caused by toxic emissions from burn pits or other toxic substances may be eligible for additional compensation through the PACT Act. For more information, click here.



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