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Mentor to host Veterans Day ceremony

News-Herald - 11/7/2023

Nov. 7—The city of Mentor will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11:11 a.m.Nov. 11 to honor the men and women who have served in the military.

Originally known as Armistice Day, the observance was first held November 11, 1919, marking the first anniversary of the end of World War I and honoring the heroism of those who died in the country's service.

In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day — a national holiday celebrating all veterans.

This year's ceremony will be held at the Mentor Municipal Cemetery memorial promenade located at 6881 Hopkins Road in lieu of the Veterans Memorial, according to a news release.

This year's keynote speaker is U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Adair who has served in Infantry and Logistics leadership and staff positions from ranging from platoon leader to battalion executive officer. Since June 2023, he has been assigned as the battalion commander for the U.S. Army recruiting battalion in Cleveland.

The public is encouraged to attend, and veteran groups are invited to participate, the release stated. Contact the Mentor Recreation Department at 440-974-5720 for details.

The ceremony will be recorded and aired later on the Mentor Channel for those unable to attend. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to the Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road.

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