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Three easy ways to celebrate Veterans Day here Sunday

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Sunday is Veterans Day and Lincoln residents of all ages have three ways to publicly thank veterans for their service.

There are 28,000 veterans in Placer County, according to Suzi Vinci, Placer County Veterans Service officer.

Why should we honor them Sunday?

“Because they raised their right hand to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Vinci said.

Besides the two annual public events held every year by local veteran groups, Lincoln residents have another way Sunday to celebrate the national holiday and thank veterans. That’s by attending the Lincoln Area Archives Museum, which opens Sunday on a day it’s normally closed. On display will be a new exhibit recognizing veterans within the Western Placer Unified School District boundary.

The Lincoln Hills Veterans Group will hold its annual community Veterans Day ceremony Sunday in the Orchard Creek Ballroom.

At 10:15 a.m. Sunday, a memorial wreath honoring all Lincoln Hills veterans will be placed at the veterans’ memorial monument outside the main entrance to Orchard Creek Lodge.  The Hills Brothers vocal ensemble will perform the National Anthem and a medley of patriotic songs at the outdoor ceremony.

Patriotic music by the Roseville Community Concert Band will begin in the Orchard Creek Ballroom at 10:30 a.m. The formal Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. 

The Whitney High School AFJROTC color guard will post the colors. Cowboy poet Larry Maurice will recite two tribute pieces to America in a program recognizing Korean War veterans and looking back to World War I.  A Lincoln Hills Veterans Group video presentation will round out the ceremony. The Roseville Band will continue after the formal ceremony.

This public event is for all ages. Orchard Creek Ballroom is at 965 Orchard Creek Blvd.

Veterans Day will also be observed at 11:11 a.m. Sunday in front at the Veterans Memorial Hall at 541 5th St. The annual ceremony includes a posting of colors, a 21-gun salute and playing of Taps.

The time and date (11:11 a.m. Nov. 11) mark the anniversary of World War I’s end 100 years ago.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3010, American Legion Post 265 and Semper Fi (retired U.S. Marine Corps), sponsor the downtown ceremony.

“The Veterans Day ceremony is to honor all the veterans, past and current, because they deserve the honor and recognition from residents,” said Bob Bruce, American Legion Post No. 264 commander.

After the downtown ceremony, visit the Lincoln Area Archives Museum one block away from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and check out the new exhibit honoring local veterans.

The exhibit was conceived in September when museum members discussed how to honor veterans. Bob Aitken, a museum member and a Veterans of Foreign Wars James E. Fowler Post 265 member, mentioned a pictorial display he saw and the museum members wanted to bring a similar display to Lincoln. So far, the exhibit features 154 pictures of local servicemen and servicewomen and more are expected to be sent in by the public.

“As this is planned to be a yearly display, please continue to bring pictures to the museum,” said docent Shirley Russell. “Keep sending pictures of veterans who live or once lived in the Western Unified School District, which includes Lincoln, Sheridan and, at times, parts of Newcastle. Look forward to an even larger display in November of 2019 as the 100th years of the establishment of Veterans Day is celebrated.”

The museum is at 640 5th St. at Beermann’s Plaza.