Sat, Feb. 22

Veterans Day is Tuesday; what does it mean?

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Staff photos by Carol Keefer

Veteran’s Day activities from past years in Camp Verde.

Because it is a nationally recognized holiday, you will find federal offices, including post offices, and state, county and town offices closed, as well as schools.

In Camp Verde, veteran groups continue the tradition of Veterans Day with special services throughout the day. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6739 starts the day with a service at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning at the Middle Verde Cemetery. Next, Cliff Castle Casino will honor our military with a remembrance ceremony at the new flagpoles on Middle Verde Road (in front of the Native Visions gift shop) at 10 a.m. Veterans can enjoy a complimentary meal by showing proof of veteran’s status.

The American Legion follows at 11 a.m. with a combined ceremony with the VFW at Clear Creek Cemetery. Lunch follows at both veterans organizations. Concluding in late afternoon, again this year there is a flag-lowering ceremony at Fort Verde at 4 p.m.

Veterans Day was switched to Mondays during the 1960s, but the holiday eventually reverted back to its traditional Nov. 11 because of its sensitive historical significance. If Nov. 11 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the holiday is usually observed on a Monday.

It’s common to see veterans groups selling poppies around this time of the year, and again around Memorial Day, made by disabled veterans. The red flower signifies the poppy-covered World War I graveyard of Flanders Fields in Belgium.

Camp Verde/Beaver Creek Veteran’s Day activities . . .

VFW Post 6739 (9 a.m.): Ceremony at Middle Verde Cemetery, 9 a.m.

Yavapai-Apache Nation (10 a.m.): Cliff Castle Casino will honor military veterans with a remembrance ceremony at the new flagpoles on Middle Verde Road (in front of the Native Visions gift shop). The ceremony includes comments from Yavapai-Apache Nation officials and other dignitaries, a dedication prayer, music and a reading of the names of Yavapai-Apache veterans. In addition to the ceremony, all Veteran’s can enjoy a complimentary meal, including entrée, non-alcoholic beverage and dessert by showing proof of veteran’s status. For details, please call the Gallery at 567-7903.

American Legion Post 93 (11 a.m.): Ceremony at Clear Creek Cemetery featuring Camp Verde Mayor Mitch Dickinson, Cemetery Board President Bea Richmond, Post Commander Keith Tucker and a Three-Volley Rifle Salute, among other activities.

Fort Verde Historical State Park (4 p.m.): Don't miss a special flag-lowering ceremony commemorating the Armed Forces of yesterday and today. The event is free to the public, regular admission fees only to main museum. If your group or organization would like to participate, call 567-3275.

CLOSED NOV. 11 (Veteran’s Day): public schools in Camp Verde and Beaver Creek, most banks (some satellite offices could be open), Town Hall, Yavapai County offices, state and federal offices, Camp Verde Library, Camp Verde Municipal Court, Camp Verde Superior Court, Yavapai-Apache Nation offices.

Note: Waste Management (garbage service) will remain open.

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