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Local Veterans Day events begins at 11 a.m.

Posted: November 11, 2013 6:48 a.m.
Updated: November 11, 2013 6:48 a.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Across the nation, Americans are commemorating Veterans Day today with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, monument dedications and other events.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, the biggest ceremony will be at the Veterans Historical Plaza, 24275 Walnut St. in Newhall at 11 a.m. The event is free.

Also, a ceremony honoring veterans and individuals serving in the military and their families will be held at Charter College, 27125 Sierra Hwy #329 in Canyon Country at 11:30 a.m. That event is also free.


These are highlights of other events going on across the country:



The U.S. military's first female four-star general will be a grand marshal at New York City's Veterans Day Parade.

Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody retired last year after a 37-year Army career.

Organizers of the parade up Fifth Avenue have renamed it America's Parade. The commemoration will include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park.



The District of Columbia will honor two of the original Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal for Veterans Day.

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will lay a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. A commemoration will follow for two Tuskegee Airmen who are D.C. residents at the African American Civil War Museum.

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American pilots in World War II.



President Barack Obama plans the annual wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery and will deliver remarks.

Obama said in his Veterans Day proclamation that the country's obligations to those who have served "endure long after the battle ends." He said their courage, self-sacrifice and devotion represent the American character at its best and he encouraged everyone to honor every service member who has ever worn the country's uniforms.



A former prisoner of war will join Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin to dedicate a wall commemorating Vietnam veterans.

Fallin and Col. Lee Ellis will give speeches Monday at the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall at Enid's Woodring Regional Airport. Ellis was a former Vietnam prisoner of war for more than five years with Sen. John McCain.

The wall is a smaller replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.



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