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Veterans Day – Events at Little Flanders Field

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Today is Veterans Day – a day devoted to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and those killed in battle.

Originally called Armistice Day, Veterans Day is always recognized on November 11 and was originally chosen to commemorate the end of World War I, in 1918.

After World War II it was recognized as a day to pay tribute to all service members, and in 1954 it was designated as Veterans Day.

An annual ceremony of events is being held at 11 o’clock this morning, at Little Flanders Field in Alpena. Some of the events include the placing of wreaths, a rifle salute and the playing of Taps.

George Stevens from the local Veterans Affairs office will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Retired Major Clay VanWagoner will be the featured guest speaker. Clay is the son of Clement VanWagoner, for whom the veteran’s outpatient clinic in Alpena is named after.

Joe Demski will be honored with the Veteran of the Year award.