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Several Veterans Day programs are planned in celebration of military members, veterans and their families.
Here are some upcoming events:
Franklin College Veterans Day Luncheon: 11:30 a.m., Franklin College Branigin Room, student center, South Forsythe Street, $10. Guest speaker will be 1st Lt. Jesse Hoffman of the Indiana National Guard, a Franklin College alumnus. His talk, “Citizen Soldier,” will focus on his experience as a college student while also serving in the Indiana National Guard. He also will share information about his multiple deployments, including to Iraq as one of the first to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Reservations, 738-8185.
Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis program: 10:30 a.m. at the Indiana World War Memorial, 431 N. Meridian St., downtown Indianapolis. Festivities begin with a memorial service on the north steps of the memorial.
The 38th Division Band of the Indiana National Guard will open the service with a musical patriotic prelude. The annual Veterans Day parade will start immediately after the memorial service at 11:45 a.m. More than 60 units will march in the parade, which begins at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, moves south on Pennsylvania to New York Street, west to Meridian Street, north on Meridian and finishes at North Street. Information: 630-1236, email@example.com
Honor Our Heroes veterans dinner program, 5 p.m., Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 857 N. State Road 135, Greenwood. All active military, reservist, veterans and family members are invited. Guest speaker will be Warren Hardig, executive director of Men for Missions International. Hardig is a U.S. Army veteran. He is the author of two books, “Iron Sharpens Iron” and “Still Sharpening.” The books detail personal relationships that have been pivotal in Hardig’s life.
Clark-Pleasant Middle School will present a Veterans Day celebration at 9:30 a.m. at the school, 1354 Worthsville Road, Greenwood. Information: 535-7121
Indiana Masonic Home Veterans Day celebration, 10 a.m. to noon, 690 State St., Franklin. The program in Ransford Chapel will honor 108 veterans living at the home, as well as all other veterans.
The guest speaker is Staff Sgt. Dwight D. Turner from Camp Atterbury. Turner has received 19 decorations, including the Purple Heart, Korean Defense Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Star. He was deployed in Iraq from November 2007 to November 2008.
The program also will include a flag-raising ceremony by the Camp Atterbury Color Guard. The flag flew over the Capitol in Washington on July 2. The flag will be lowered to half-staff to honor the 11 Indiana Masonic Home veterans who have died since Nov. 11, 2011.