Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11. Established in 1954, Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed annually to honor and pay respect to all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Detroit Lakes area residents will have a few options for observing Veterans Day Monday this year.
Oak Grove Cemetery Observance
There will be a short outdoor service in honor of Veterans Day at Oak Grove Cemetery, just north of Detroit Lakes on Highway 59, starting at approximately 11 a.m. The program, which includes a rifle salute and presentation of the colors by the Lake Region Veterans Color Guard, along with some brief remarks, is slated to last between 10 and 15 minutes.
Fairbanks Memorial Highway Dedication
A special ceremony to dedicate the James D. Fairbanks Memorial Highway through Becker County is 2 p.m. at the intersection of Minnesota State Highway 34 and Becker County Highway 26, a half-mile west of Osage. The Lake Region Veterans Color Guard will be participating, along with the Jack Pine Singers and master of ceremonies Bud Parker. This is an outdoor event.
Detroit Lakes High School Student Ceremony
Students will spend Veterans Day morning meeting with and honoring local veterans. Students will assemble in the school's main gym for a recognition ceremony at 8:20 a.m. The ceremony will include multiple area veterans, who will be introduced at the assembly by name, military branch and rank, years served and any other information they've provided about themselves. The ceremony is not advertised to the public, as there is not enough seating in the gym to accommodate a large crowd beyond the student body. According to an email sent to the Tribune from the school, however, "if someone wanted to come watch, they are more than welcome." The ceremony is preceded by a breakfast for the visiting veterans, served at the school by FFA members, and is followed by breakout mini sessions that allow the veterans to speak to smaller groups of students in individual classrooms, for 15 minutes at a time.