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Veteran’s Day parades planned in region

ELKINS — Parades, dinners and receptions are planned across the area to celebrate Veterans Day and salute our local veterans.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., the Elkins Veterans Day Parade will begin with the line-up at noon at Southern States. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. and end at the Railroad Depot.

In Buckhannon, a Veterans Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. The parade will run from Main Street to Jawbone Park.

Also on Monday morning, the Belington Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and run through town.

On Saturday, American Legion Post 29 in Elkins will host its 100th Veterans Day Dinner.

The guest speaker will be Brig. General Christopher Walker, who is the Assistant Adjutant General and Commander of the West Virginia Air National Guard.

The dinner’s social hour will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner following at 6 p.m. The menu will consist of lasagna, garlic bread, salad and dessert. The dinner is free of charge to veterans and additional tickets may be purchased for guests.

This morning, Elkins High School is hosting an assembly to honor local veterans beginning at 8 a.m.. All local veterans have been invited to attend.

Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed annually on Nov. 11 honoring military veterans. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are 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. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.