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Plans made for area Veterans' Day celebrations

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HARTINGTON — Area residents are invited to pay tribute to veterans with annual Veterans Day activities.

Veterans Day will be celebrated Thursday, Nov. 11, with local veterans groups planning to put up the flags at the courthouse monument the day before — on Wednesday afternoon.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, the names of all the fallen will be read aloud at the Cedar County Veteran’s Memorial on the courthouse grounds and a 21-gun salute will be given in their honor. Taps will also be played at this time.

The community is invited to participate in the annual Veterans Day program at 2:45 p.m. Thursday at Hartington-Newcastle School Gym.

The program features music from both the Cedar Catholic and Hartington-Newcastle bands. Those students winning the Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen contests will read their essays.

Local contest winners will automatically be entered into district competition with 18 other posts from across the state.

A roast beef dinner will be served at the VFW Hall Thursday, with a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m., and dinner to follow. The meal is open to all veterans and the public. The meal cost will be posted at the VFW Hall.

Reservations for the meal can be made by calling VFW Post Commander Dean McGregor at 402-254-3436 or 402-841-7871.

Flags will be taken down from the courthouse monument at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 12.

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