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Events honor veterans

 

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Local boy scouts and American Legion Post 76 lead last year's Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2015.

Veterans Day events will be available in both Arlington and Marysville on Nov. 11 for those who wish to pay their respects to America's veterans and service members.

The day is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Arlington Parade

This annual parade sponsored by American Legion Post 76 in Arlington will march down Olympic Avenue beginning at 11 a.m.

Participants will begin lining up around 10:30 a.m., according to David Delancy, color guard commander at the local American Legion Post.

Local military organizations and other groups will march in the parade.

"It will be us representing the American Legion and the VFW [Veterans of Foreign Wars] right behind us, and then whoever else is participating this year," said Delancy.

A local Boy Scout troop will also lead the parade and Boy and Girl Scout troops typically participate in the parade as well.

"I'm just a veteran trying to honor the other veterans," said Delancy.

He said the event helps put on a public display of pride for the town.

"It's definitely important, especially in this political climate it's good to see people are still supporting the troops," said Delancy.

Marysville Open House

The Marysville American Legion Post 178 holds an annual open house and ceremony for the day.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

"It's traditional that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the guns in Europe went silent [from WWI], that we pay our respects," said Ken Cage, a member of the American Legion Post 178.

The ceremony is not long and is a matter of paying respect, he said.

"Its just a few words for what the forces of freedom fought for and were able to accomplish on that day," said Cage.

After the ceremony a light lunch is served.

Cage said the day is about "paying respect for what has been done and what will continue to be done by those in service," he said.

"As an ex-military man I appreciate the people who served before me and the people who served with me."

Recently this year, the American Legion has made some improvements to their hall as well, said Cage, and he's hoping that the public will be able to see some of those improvements at the open house.

 

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