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Veterans Day ceremonies are 11 a.m. Monday


November 8, 2013

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Military veterans perform a gun salute during the 2011 Veterans Day ceremonies at Town Square.

The traditional Veterans Day ceremonies will be held at Town Square at 11 a.m. Monday.

Scott Prindiville, quartermaster of the Veterans of Foreign War chapter in Havre, said the service will be held to thank those from all generations who have volunteered to serve in the military.

The simple ceremony will be highlighted by an invocation and brief talk by VFW Commander Bill Bilger at the veterans monument in Town Square.

The ceremony will recess to the Elks Club, where William Mangold of Chinook, a retired Air Force captain, will speak. The Elks Club traditionally holds a flag ceremony at the event.

"They are a very patriotic organization," Prindiville said. "They hold a ceremony every year.

There will be a chili feed after the Elks Club ceremony, he said.

Prindiville said between 40 and 60 people attend the services every year.

He said the annual Memorial Day services at the Hill County Courthouse honor those who died in the service. They are very moving ceremonies, he said. But it is equally important to honor all those who have taken time out of their lives to serve in the military - both living and deceased.

Fewer people are serving in the military, he said.

"One percent of the population is on active duty, today," he said.


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