Many North Iowa communities will hold observances in honor of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11.

MASON CITY

The Mason City Veterans Memorial Association's Veterans Day activities begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Central Park. A brief dedication ceremony will honor the 16 names added to the Veterans Monument. There will be the changing of the flags, the firing squad and the playing of taps.

There then will be a car caravan to the VFW Post Home, 1603 S. Monroe Ave., for the official ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Bill Gansemer, who served in the Marine Corps from 1982 to 1987, will be the guest speaker.

The program will conclude at 11 a.m. with a prayer, firing squad and taps.

John Adams Middle School will host a Veterans Day celebration 8-10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the FEMA Room.

Lincoln Intermediate School will observe Veterans Day with an assembly 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the gym. 

It is open to any community members or family members of students or staff who have served in the military, as well as their spouses. Contact Lincoln's office before Nov. 10 so the school can plan for extra seating. 

Eldon Vine, of Clear Lake, who served in the Marine Corps in Korea, will be the guest speaker. 

CLEAR LAKE

Clear Lake VFW Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until gone, on Saturday, Nov. 11. The menu consists of ham and brisket, scalloped potatoes, corn, baked beans, homemade bread, pies and chocolate chip bars and a beverage. Veterans eat free. The public eats for a freewill donation. Please RSVP to Linda Dockwell at 641-425-7127. Proceeds from the event will go toward the VFW’s veterans’ monument fundraiser.

Clear Lake VFW will kick off its capital campaign for the Clear Lake and Ventura veterans monument at 1 p.m.

BELMOND

A Veterans Day assembly is 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Luick gym. Guest speaker will be Chris Roberts of the U.S. Army.

BRITT

A Veterans Day program is 2:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the West Hancock High School gym. The program’s guest speaker will be Jim Nelson. 

CHARLES CITY

A Veterans Day program is 10:15 a.m. at the Charles City High School/Middle School auditorium. The guest speaker will be Cedar Falls resident and Vietnam veteran Steve Wikert. Doors open to the public at 9:45 a.m.

DOUGHERTY

American Legion Post 354 will honor veterans with a Veterans Day supper and program Saturday, Nov. 11, at the S.T.P.A.T.S. school gym in Dougherty. The spaghetti supper starts at 6 p.m., and includes salad, garlic toast, red wine, beverages and desserts. The program begins at 7 p.m.

GARNER

The 64th annual Veterans Day program is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Garner-Hayfield-Ventura High School gymnasium. The guest speaker is Iowa National Guard Maj. Gabriel M. Haugland, a native of Mount Vernon.

KANAWHA

A Veterans Day program will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the West Hancock Middle School in Kanawha. 

LAKE MILLS

The 17th annual Veterans Day program and supper is Friday, Nov. 10, at the Lake Mills High School. The pancake supper is 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. All veterans eat free. The program begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Master of ceremonies Christianson will speak about the Winnebago Freedom Rock project.

NORTHWOOD

The annual Veterans Day program is  2:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Northwood-Kensett High School gym. The speaker will be Brig. Gen. Sandra L. Best, the first female general officer in the Minnesota National Guard. She currently serves as the Minnesota Air National Guard chief of staff.

OSAGE

The Osage Veterans Day program is 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in the high school gymnasium. Guest speakers will be Kyle Andrews, Osage Legion Commander, and Maj. Rob Stangel, support operations officer from the 185th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Camp Dodge.

RICEVILLE

The Veterans Day program is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the high school. 

ROCKFORD

The Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock senior class will host a Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the Rockford High School gym. 

ST. ANSGAR

The Veterans Day program is 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in the new high school gym. Chief Master Sgt. Glenn Cimmiyotti of the Stacyville American Legion will speak at the event. 

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