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Islander hosts Veterans Day ceremony

The Islander newspaper will host a ceremony honoring military veterans 8:30-9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Drive.

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, a national holiday.

An honor guard from the American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24 in Bradenton will present the colors and the salute. Entertainer Mike Sales will lead the audience in singing patriotic songs.

Several veterans will offer remarks. Reporter Rick Catlin, a veteran of the Vietnam War who has written the Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation columns for The Islander, will speak briefly.

Korean War veteran Gene Ciliberti of Holmes Beach will provide remembrances of his service in the U.S. Marines.

Coffee will be served courtesy of the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach. Pastries will be provided by the newspaper.

The annual event began in 2005, and the newspaper has been honored for community service by the Florida Press Association in its efforts to recognize veterans.

The Greatest Generation and Forgotten Generation columns began publishing in The Islander in 2003.

The event this year is co-sponsored by the Holmes Beach Police Department, with help staging the event provided by the city public works department.

Everyone, including U.S. veterans of all wars and U.S. allies and families, is welcome.

For more information, call The Islander at 941-778-7978.

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