Monday is Veterans Day, a federal holiday that originally marked the end of World War I. The day is set aside to remember those who have died for our freedom and honor those who serve or have served in the U.S. military. A sampling of events that are open to the public:
TODAY THROUGH MONDAY
» The American Red Cross invites donors to schedule an appointment to give blood in honor of those who have served. Call 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.
SUNDAY THROUGH NOV. 15
» Noon to 5 p.m. Parade of Veterans at the Fair Center on Plum Street in Syracuse, Neb. Display of photos, uniforms, equipment, letters and other mementos from area veterans. Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
» 8:30 a.m. Gretna Elementary School's Veterans Day program.
» 9:15 a.m. Louisville (Neb.) Public Schools' Veterans Day Ceremony in the high school gym. Veterans, senior citizens and other community members are invited to an 8 a.m. breakfast before the ceremony.
» 11 a.m. service at Omaha's Memorial Park. American Legion Omaha Post #1 will host the event. Guest speakers will include Mike Helm, American Legion National Commander candidate; Col. Joel R. Cross, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman.
» 11 a.m. celebration at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus Industrial Training Center, Room 120, 27th and Q Streets. Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac, adjutant general for the State of Nebraska, will be the keynote speaker. The Papillion-La Vista South Navy Junior ROTC will present and post the colors and conduct a POW/MIA display and presentation. A reception will follow the program.
» 11 a.m. Veterans Day service at Papillion American Legion Hall, 230 W. Lincoln Road. Hosted by Papillion American Legion Post No. 32. Program will feature music, a speaker and gun salute.
» 11:30 a.m. program at Eagle (Neb.) Elementary School.
» 1 p.m. at American GI Forum-Omaha Chapter, 2002 N St. Cars-4-Heroes, a national group, will give a vehicle to a veteran in need. Meal served to those who attend.
» 2 p.m. in the Nebraska State Capitol Rotunda in Lincoln, officials will unveil a new Medal of Honor Plaque during a public ceremony.
» 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. America Veterans Trust at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the Nebraska Room of Omaha Milo Bail Student Center. The event will bring together employment and community resources for veterans, active duty military and military dependents.
» 6 p.m. La Vista Community Foundation's “A Salute to Veterans” at Embassy Suites, La Vista. Open to area veterans and one guest each with reservations, who will receive a complimentary meal. RSVP to Leah Hoins, La Vista Community Foundation, 402-960-9625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
» 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, Department of Veterans Affairs auditorium, 600 S. 70th St. in Lincoln. Keynote speaker is Rosalie Lippincott, who worked at the North Platte Canteen as a teen. Live music.
» 4 p.m. Heroes Among Us Reception at the Department of Veterans Affairs auditorium, 600 S. 70th St. in Lincoln. The Hildegard Center for the Arts coordinated the Heroes Among Us project to help kids distinguish between heroes and celebrities. Students' artwork will be displayed and students will read their own poetry. The project highlights veterans and other heroes the students wanted to recognize.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with the World-Herald News Service