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Date of Issue: October 15, 2008

Islander honors veterans Nov. 10 - all invited

The Islander newspaper will hosts its third annual Veterans Day ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at the Holmes Beach City Hall Butterfly Park and Veterans Memorial.

The ceremony is to honor all veterans and, in particular, to recognize those veterans whose stories have appeared in The Islander’s “Greatest Generation” and “Forgotten Generation” columns about World War II and Korean War veterans.

All veterans and their spouses and families are invited to attend the ceremony. A complimentary continental breakfast will be offered to all who attend.

An honor guard from the Kirby Stewart American Legion Post No. 24 in Palma Sola will present the colors followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the playing of the national anthem.

Guest speaker will be Islander reporter Rick Catlin, who writes the “Greatest Generation” and “Forgotten Generation” columns. Other Island veterans will also make brief remarks.

Dress will be Island-style casual, although veterans are encouraged to wear their service caps or hats.

The honor guard will fire a 21-gun salute and conclude with taps. The ceremony is expected to finish by 10 a.m.

Veterans whose stories have appeared in The Islander are asked to arrive a few minutes early to obtain a name tag and to mingle with other guests.

For more information on the ceremony, call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978, or e-mail