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Local Veterans Day ceremonies honor heroes
By: WJAC Web Staff
All across the nation on Monday, Americans in small towns and large cities are taking time to pay tribute to those who've served in the U.S. armed forces and who've sacrificed for our freedom.
In Centre County, veterans visited Bellefonte Elementary School to speak with students about what it means to be a veteran and serve in the military. Children showed their appreciation with flags and plenty of applause of the vets. Students were told it doesn't have to be a special day to say "thank you" to a veteran; those two simple words can be done at any time.
Bellefonte was just one of many communities paying tribute to veterans on Monday. There were special ceremonies in Windber, Jackson Township and at the Somerset County Courthouse during the morning. Until 4 p.m., a free spaghetti dinner was being offered to veterans at the Rosebud Inn in Johnstown. In addition, veterans can ride Camtran buses for free all day.
Johnstown's 17th Annual Veterans Day Parade is slated to start at 4 p.m. through the streets of downtown, followed by a Veterans Day service in Central Park. The service at the park will feature a flag-raising ceremony and special addresses.
In the nation's capital, President Barack Obama presided over the traditional Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Obama said the United States' obligations to veterans endure long after the battle ends for those who served. The president also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
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