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Veterans Day programs open to public

The West Fargo VFW Post 7564, the Ladies Auxiliary, and AMVETS Post 8 are hosting their annual Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 11, at the VFW Club, 308 Sheyenne St., West Fargo. 

FisherThe observance is open to the public, starting with a flag raising ceremony in front of the Post at 10:45 a.m. followed by a program inside on the upper level of the Club. The West Fargo High School Band will provide patriotic music – “The Last Full Measure” – directed by Sue Jordahl. Post Commander Jamie Olson will serve as master of ceremonies; the AMVETS color guard will conduct an advance of colors; and Auxiliary Guard member Tonya Vetter will sing the “National Anthem.”

Invocation will be provided by Post Chaplain Dave Nerud, followed by “America the Beautiful” by the high school band and the welcome by Mayor Rich Mattern.

Guest speaker will be Emery Fisher, State Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of North Dakota, which has approximately 8,100 veterans in its ranks. Fisher resides in Devils Lake, N.D., and is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer 4, who served as a helicopter pilot during combat missions in Vietnam.

Fisher was state vice commander before being elected commander for North Dakota for a one-year term. As part of his platform, Fisher vowed to fight for North Dakota veterans in the state and in Washington, traveling and meeting with politicians to promote veterans’ causes. He said his main focus would be on improving health care for veterans.

The Veterans Day program will conclude with benediction by Auxiliary Chaplain Jill Shoman, a 21-gun salute by the Post Color Guard and the playing of “Taps” by Joseph Best.

A stew dinner will follow from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., served by members of the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary. A patriotic concert performed by the Red River Valley Veteran’s Concert Band will take place at 7 p. m. The stew and music performance is free and open to the adult public.

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Harwood American Legion Activities

The Harwood American Legion will also be observing Veterans Day with complimentary beef stew and chili starting and 4 p.m. and serving until it is gone. The club is normally closed on Monday and Tuesday but will be open Monday in honor of the holiday. Happy hour beverage prices will also be featured from 4 to 6 p.m.

The legion is located at 101 Benefit Lane.

Bethany to hold special program

Bethany Retirement Living will also be holding its annual Veterans Day Programs open to the public on Monday. The program at Bethany on University will be held at 10 a.m. in the Mavis Whiting Chapel and the one at Bethany on 42nd will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Larsen Chapel.

Tracy Briggs will speak at both programs, discussing the Honor Flight, that offers trips to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. for area veterans. An honor guard and music will be part of each program and veterans residing at Bethany Retirement Living will be recognized.