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County to host Veterans Day service

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

Wabash County will recognize area veterans this Saturday with a special service on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn.

The service begins at 11 a.m. with an invocation and singing of the national anthem. Representatives from local veterans’ organizations and local government will then share remarks, followed by several traditions like the laying of wreaths and the rifle team salute and taps. The tradition typically draws crowds of 100-150 people, including veterans, their families and others.

But Jeff Ritter of the Wabash County Veteran’s Service Office said the services have been growing. He credits growing interest in part to the participation of area law enforcement and members of the fire department, many of whom are veterans themselves.

“It’s a chance to honor their brothers and sisters who are still serving in the military,” Ritter said. He said it’s an opportunity for the community at-large to honor the county’s veterans too, regardless of whether there is a personal connection to the service.

The Veteran’s Service Office will be hosting a second program this Monday, Nov. 12, this one specifically geared toward the county’s veterans. VSO Sam Daugherty will be at the Winchester Senior Center to answer questions about programs and services available for veterans, starting at noon.