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November 7, 2013

Veterans organizations planning holiday events

Ceremonies, parade to mark Veterans Day.

With Veterans Day rolling around, the American Legion is bringing back its annual veterans dinner.

In 2012, the Legion chose to cancel the dinner because of its mounting cost, according to Legion Commander Jim Stokes. This year, he has recruited local businesses, including Walmart, two Main Street Markets and Tyson Fresh Meats, to sponsor the dinner, so veterans will again eat for free.

Stokes, himself a disabled veteran, said he was greatly pleased with the sponsors' willingness to pitch in.

The dinner will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Legion, 828 Burlington Ave. Veterans will dine for free; meals for others will be $7. Advance tickets are available by contacting Stokes at 574-753-99633 or 574-721-7946.

The menu will include pulled pork, mac'n'cheese, green beans and dessert. Volunteer DJ Joe Utter, a member of the Sons of the Legion, will provide entertainment, and there will also be 50/50 drawings.

Stokes is expecting about 200 people to attend, similar to attendance in past years.

The day before — Saturday — the American Legion Women's Auxiliary will be having a bake sale at 10 a.m. in front of Big Lots on East Market Street to raise funds for the Legion. The auxiliary will also be accepting donations of personal care items to be sent to the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette.

On Veterans Day itself, the Cass County Veterans Council is organizing the annual Veterans Day parade, starting with ceremonies at the clock tower of the Cass County Government Building at 10:15 a.m.

That ceremony is likely to last no longer than half an hour, according to Stokes, who's also president of the veterans council. Stokes, county commissioner Jim Sailors and Judge Thomas Perrone, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, will speak.

After that ceremony, the parade — including Grand Marshal Charles Burkes as well as high school bands from Logansport, Lewis Cass and Pioneer high schools — will proceed the wrong way up Broadway until reaching the Logansport City Building.

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