MASON CITY | Veterans will be honored in ceremonies in North Iowa and throughout the state Saturday, Nov. 11, in commemoration of Veterans Day.

In Mason City, activities begin at 9:45 a.m. with a brief dedication ceremony in Central Park, honoring the 16 names added to the Veterans Monument. There will be the changing of the flags, the firing squad and the playing of taps.

The activities then shift to the VFW Post Home, 1603 S. Monroe Ave. at 10:30 a.m. Bill Ganseme, 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.

In Clear Lake, the VFW Auxiliary will host a Veterans Day meal from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until gone. The meal consists of ham and brisket, scalloped potatoes, corn, baked beans, homemade bread, pies, chocolate chip bars and a beverage. Veterans eat free. The public is encouraged to make a freewill donation. Proceeds  will go toward the VFW's veterans' monument fundraiser.

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