Minot and Drake have announced their Veterans Day programs set for Monday.
The Grand Hotel will be the site for this year's Veterans Day program in Minot. The program begins at 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.
Wayne Paulson, Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of North Dakota junior vice commander, will give the address.
Bob Nyre, commander of the Minot VFW Post 753, will serve as master of ceremonies.
The program will include Minot veterans and auxiliaries, Our Redeemer's High School band and choir directed by Lynette Tonneson, and Pastor Dan Chell of Our Redeemer's Church. Steve Veikley will play "Taps."
Paulson, originally from Flaxton, served in the Army in Korea with the 931st Engineer Aviation Group, whose mission was to build and maintain airstrips for the U.S. Air Force.
Lunch is on us
Free pizza and pop will be served to veterans from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 11, Veterans Day, by businesses in the Roosevelt Park Plaza, in the east parking lot of the building, across from Roosevelt Park.
Participating sponsors include Duane Brekke, owner of the Roosevelt Park Plaza; Total Transformation Clinic Felistas Madziwa, M.D.; Contract Land Staff; DG Services; PTI; Expertool; Fireside PBI Office Solutions, Bachman Cabinetry, Sammy's Pizza and Coca Cola Bottling. Brekke arranged for enough food to feed 100 people.
Brekke was inspired to pay it forward as part of Minot State University's Power of 100 service challenge, in which the community is asked to complete a service project in honor of MSU's Centennial Celebration. Brekke and his wife, Jeanne, are both MSU alumni who remain involved in community service through a variety of organizations and personal endeavors.
He is a life member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS.
He has been active at all levels of the VFW since joining Post 753 in Minot in 1974. He has served as post and district commander, adjutant and quartermaster. He served eight years as department quartermaster and 11 years as department adjutant.
On the national level he was appointed national inspector general of the VFW in 2006. In 2008, he was elected to a two-year
position on the National Council of Administration.
Paulson served on the committee to establish the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial in Minot and three years on the Governor's Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs. He was secretary-treasurer of the N.D. Veterans Home Foundation for three years.
He and his wife, Sharol, live in Minot. She is the department secretary-treasurer for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
The Minot VFW and Auxiliary is in charge of this year's Veterans Day program in Minot.
The Drake American Legion Post 32 will observe Veterans Day with a program at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
There will be a speaker from Minot Air Force Base.
Dinner will be served and will cost $10.