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Minot, area communities Veterans Day programs planned for Monday

Minot and area communities will hold Veterans Day programs on Monday.

Pastor Daniel Andrus, who served in the Navy, will give the address, invocation and benediction at the Minot program at 11 a.m. in the Old Armory.

A native of Ohio, he joined the Navy in October 1971 and served until May 1992, with the exception of from 1980-83. He was assigned to Naval aviation squadrons most of his career, serving onboard the USS Forrestal with VA 81 Sunliners and onboard the USS Kitty Hawk with VA 146 Blue Diamonds. He also served with various training commands at PaxRiver, Maryland, Jacksonville, Florida, Kingsville, Texas, and Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego, according to biographical information. He has pastored churches in California, Minnesota, Idaho, Washington (as an associate) and now North Dakota. He is pastor of Journey, formerly known as North Hill Baptist Church of Minot.

Jerome Burckhard, chaplain of the William G. Carroll American Legion Post of Minot, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Other participating in the program include Glenburn School band, Steve Veikley and Minot veterans organizations and auxiliaries.

The William G. Carroll American Legion Post and Ladies Auxiliary of Minot are arranging this year’s program.

Area Veterans Day programs include:

– Butte: Butte American Legion and Auxiliary Post 270 will hold a potluck meal with freewill offering at 6 p.m. followed by a program at 7 p.m. with speaker Steve Martin, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church of Kief. The meal and program will be held in the American Legion Hall.

– Donnybrook: Events in Donnybrook will begin with brunch at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 11 a.m. in City Hall. Clarence McCormack American Legion Post 190 of Donnybrook is arranging the program.

Chief Master Sgt. Becky Thomas, superintendent of the 5th Medical Group at Minot Air Force Base, will be guest speaker at the program. From Pensacola, Fla., she serves a team of 300 medics who support two legs of the nuclear triad encompassing 5,6000 personnel, 12,500 beneficiaries and the Department of Defense’s largest Personnel Reliability Assurance Program. She is the senior enlisted adviser to the group commander. She has been in the Air Force since May 1999 and at Minot AFB since October 2013, according to biographical information.

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