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Lincoln to honor veterans with several weekend events

The Lincoln Journal Star - 11/8/2023

Nov. 7—Several events are planned in Lincoln this weekend in honor of Veterans Day, including a parade and several ceremonies.

The weekend will kick off with the 25th annual Veterans Walk of Recognition on Veterans Day on Saturday. The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. at the southwest corner of Memorial Stadium, One Memorial Stadium Drive. The walk will conclude at the Veterans Memorial Garden, 3200 Memorial Drive.

The walk is followed by the annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. at the Auld Pavilion just west of the garden. The ceremony is organized by the Advisory Council for the Veterans Memorial Garden.

The program will focus on General John J. Pershing and will include a presentation of the colors, musicians and an invocation and benediction from the Rev. Penny Greer from the Northeast United Church of Christ. Accessible parking is available on the north side of the Auld Pavilion.

Also at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway in Ashland, will host a Veterans Day Ceremony until 2 p.m. The ceremony includes a military band and several speakers, including representatives from the Wounded Warrior Project and advocates for veteran mental health and suicide awareness. All military members will receive free entrance as well as $15 off new memberships.

During Saturday's home Nebraska football game against Maryland, the Cornhusker Marching Band will pay tribute to each military branch by playing the "United States Armed Forces Medley" during the pregame performance. The song will be followed with the National Anthem and an American flag to cover the field. The halftime performance features a salute to the nation's veterans with Nebraska'sNational Guard's 43rd Army Band.

On Sunday, the annual Lincoln Veterans Parade begins with opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. on the north steps of the state Capitol. The parade will follow K Street west from 21st to 14th streets. It is expected to last 60 to 90 minutes.

This year, the parade will honor veterans in business, including local businesses that are owned by veterans or hire veterans. A mounted color guard from Fort Riley, Kansas will lead the parade with six horses and riders and two guards. After the parade, a meet and greet will be held at the Capitol's south side parking lot.

Throughout the weekend, the state Capitol will be illuminated in green light in honor of Veterans Day from Thursday through Sunday, weather permitting.

"Lighting the Capitol green has become a tradition in Nebraska and serves as a reminder to our state's veterans that we recognize them and are here to serve and support them," Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Director John Hilgert said in a news release. "While every day is Veterans Day for our agency, we especially want to take a moment this weekend to honor the men and women of Nebraska who have answered the call to duty."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7241 or ajohnson2@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ajohnson6170

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