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Veterans events set Monday

Van Buren’s 12th annual Veterans Day Parade will be Monday beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street in historic downtown.

The parade begins at the Crawford County Courthouse and will travel east on Main Street to the First Baptist Church parking lot.

Volunteers and participants should contact Les Thomas Jr. at (479) 652-3374 or e-mail vbvetparade@gmail.com.

Fort Smith’s Veterans Day Parade will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Chaffee Crossing.

Veterans organizations from all branches of the military, area police, fire and county sheriff’s departments, school groups, civic organizations, car clubs and other community organizations are encouraged to participate in both parades.

Veterans Day celebrations also are planned Monday at two local schools.

Veterans will be recognized by the Van Buren High School Junior ROTC during the Veterans Day Ceremony in the Clair Bates Arena at 8:45 a.m.

This ceremony is open to all military veterans and those who wish to honor them. Master of ceremonies will be Cadet Enoc Henriquez and the ceremony commander of cadets will be Cadet Cooper Snowden.

Van Buren High School Honors History classes will present speech topics to share with the military veterans. After the ceremony, there will be refreshments provided by the FCCLA Club in their classroom for the veterans attending and their guests.

At 1:30 p.m., a Veterans Day celebration is scheduled for the gym at the Van Buren Freshman Academy.

The U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith will hold a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery, 522 Garland Ave.

The keynote speaker will be Col. Mark W. Anderson, wing commander for the 188th Fighter Wing of the Arkansas National Guard.

Planned are an honor guard rifle salute, the playing of taps by Claude Legris and Chuck Booker and “Amazing Grace” by the Fort Smith Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corps, a memorial placing of wreaths and special music by Jack and Jill Day School, Sherry Barnes and Anthony Yates. Brenda Smith will sing the National Anthem.

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