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American Legion, VFW to put on Veterans Day event

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Members of the Rocklin American Legion Post 620 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 904 will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Rocklin Cemetery, 4090 Kannasto St. (off Grove). Master of ceremonies will be Lou Skulis, commander of the American Legion Post 620. The Whitney High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will conduct the flag ceremony followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Parker Whitney Elementary School’s chorus. Guest speakers will be Rocklin Police Chief Ron Lawrence and retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Cara. The public is invited to honor veterans and will be given an opportunity to share memories of loved ones who’ve served. Earlier in the day, members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 904 will join with Boy Scouts from Rocklin’s Troop 29 in placing American flags and crosses on veterans’ gravesites. The Veterans Day ceremony originated as a commemoration of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month when the guns fell silent at the end of World War I. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as Armistice Day to commemorate veterans from that war. At the request of the veterans’ organization in 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower changed the designation to Veterans Day in honor all members of the armed forces. ~ Staff report