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Veterans Day 2013 events happening locally

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Nov 11 2013 05:14:29 AM EST
Vets Day

There are a number of events going on in our area Monday to recognize Veterans Day.

Radford will dedicate the University Drive Bridge in honor of Colonel John Ripley's heroic actions during the Vietnam War.

WDBJ7 Mornin's own Melissa Gaona, a veteran of the Army herself, will speak to students at Burnt Chimney Elementary School.

In Wytheville, Boy Scouts will hold an American flag retirement ceremony.

Virginia Tech has a whole day of events planned.

 They include a remembrance ceremony at the War Memorial and the Veterans Student Group reading the names of all of the soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over to Christiansburg where the town has a parade planned that starts at 10:30 a.m.

Danville will honor veterans by dedicating a restored World War Two-era Howitzer.

The city is holding a ceremony for that giant gun at 11:00 a.m.

Two Roanoke County schools invite veterans to their campuses today.

Green Valley Elementary and William Byrd High School have meals planned and other activities that will bring veterans and students together.

Some elementary school students and members of local chapters of JROTC will take part in a Veterans Day event at the D Day Memorial in Bedford.

Franklin County will start its event at the Veterans Memorial Park with a guest speaker.

Staff Sergeant Eddie Hawks, who's also a local pastor, will talk about his 21 years in the National Guard.