Salute to Veterans<br><i>Fort Verde hosts flag retirement</i>

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

A Veterans Day program at Fort Verde two years ago.

Park Manager Sheila Stubler said they are partnering with the American Legion by holding a flag-lowering program and flag retirement ceremony. The ceremony called, "The Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable Flags" provides a place to retire American flags in a respectful manner. The Veteran's Day event starts on Nov. 11, at 4 p.m., on the parade grounds.

Entrance to the State Park will be waived for those that would like to attend this ceremony. The flag-lowering ceremony will be at 5 p.m

For more information, call Stubler at Fort Verde, 567-3275.

Veterans are the focus of many programs around town tomorrow, all open to the public.

• The Veterans of Foreign Wars 6739 will hold its annual services at Middle Verde Cemetery, beginning at 9 a.m., that typically includes remarks by local dignitaries, and taps.

• The American Legion 93 has its traditional services at the Clear Creek Cemetery at 11 a.m. with comments by Commander Keith Tucker, prayers by Chaplain Don Peterson, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, the placing of wreaths, remarks by Mayor Mitch Dickinson, Auxiliary President Sharon Doran, Auxiliary Chaplain Barbara Hoover, and Auxiliary President Morgan Embly, a firing squad, taps by Dr. Wright and a follow-up lunch at the post.

• The Yavapai-Apache Nation hosts its traditional service, also at 11 a.m., at the Native Visions arbor.

The Nation and Cliff Castle Casino honors military veterans with a remembrance ceremony. The ceremony in front of the flagpoles on Middle Verde Road includes remarks by Nation officials and other dignitaries, dedication prayers, and a reading of the names of Yavapai-Apache veterans.

All veterans are invited to a complimentary meal following the program to include an entrée, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert. Free meals may be obtained at The Gallery restaurant by showing proof of veteran status. For details, call the Gallery at (928) 567-7903.

Camp Verde Schools: Closed Nov. 11-12 in honor of Veteran's Day.

Chester Newton and Sunnyside Charter and Montessori Schools will have a tribute to veterans on Friday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m., at the Sunnyside campus.

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