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Veterans Day honor ceremony set for Saturday

 

November 10, 2017

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The Veterans Honor Guard stands at ready as taps is played during Veterans Day services at Town Square in Havre Nov. 11, 2016. Ceremonies are set to start at Town Square Saturday at 11 a.m. to honor and thank all who have served in U.S. armed forces.

Local veteran chapters are hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony Saturday starting at 11 a.m. in Town Square to which the public is invited.

The ceremonies will begin with a 21-gun salute and taps will be played by the honor guard. Bill Tucker, commander of Foreign Wars Post 497, will greet people and speak a few words before Pastor Tanner Howard of First Lutheran Church in Havre gives an invocation prayer.

The event will then move into the Elks Club on Second Street, where the first order of business will be the posting of colors.

Quartermaster Scott Prindeville will give a short presentation on the history and meaning of Veterans Day, followed by Bob Nieuwenhuyse, who is also scheduled to speak about the stars and stripes of the flag.

Howard will give the closing prayer and by noon the chili will be ready for people to enjoy.

State legislators are celebrating Veterans Day

“On Veterans Day, we pause to remember the enduring sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and their families, the bravery they showed in service to our nation, and the unwavering responsibility we have to them when they return from war,” a statement from an editorial from Sen. Jon Tester said.

“Montana has one of the highest veteran populations per capita in the nation. We have a rich legacy of service and with it, a deep appreciation for the men and women who have served our nation in the armed services,” Daines says in a video statement. “To all those who have served — thank you, and happy Veterans Day. ... May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.”

Media representative Travis Hall from Congressman Greg Gianforte’s office said Gianforte is traveling around the state today and Saturday to honor Montana veterans.

Veterans Day, formerly observed as Armistice Day until it was changed in 1954, honors military veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The day coincides with other holidays celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the armistice with Germany went into effect.

 

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