The movement to recognize and honor the veterans of our country has helped raise awareness among the general public about how important the military is to our way of life. Those who have given their time to be of service to their country deserve more than one day of recognition a year. Minnesota has packed several events into the week of November 8-14 this year to honor those that have served our country. Check out one of these events or support an organization that gives back to the veterans this year.
Veterans Day Plant A Flag For Freedom
Heritage Park
Central Ave. and Wayzata Blvd.
Wayzata, MN 55391
(952) 404-5300

Date: November 11
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join the community of Wayzata in Heritage Park to remember the veterans on November 11. Heritage Park consists of several memorials, benches and walkways designed to honor the veterans of the community. Supported by the Lake Minnetonka Chapter of the Daughters Of The American Revolution, this Veterans Day event allows families to honor their own veterans and participate in planting a flag as a show of appreciation. A social hour follows the event.

White Bear Lake Veterans Day Observance
St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Cemetery
White Bear Ave. and South Shore Blvd.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
(651) 429-5351

Date: November 11
Time: 2 p.m.

Gather in a sacred place to remember those that have served in the military and many who have given their lives to defend our country. Military personnel and veterans will be present to offer a moment of observance and peace. There will be music and a bagpipe serenade at the service to accompany speakers and rifle volleys.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Veterans Day Recognition Assembly
Apple Valley High School
14450 Hayes Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-8200

Date: November 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Each year, the high school in Apple Valley puts on a recognition and information program to honor the veterans of Dakota County, Minnesota. All veterans, as well as those on active duty, are welcome to attend the assembly. The celebration pays tribute to those who have served in the United States military and those currently serving. Coffee and snacks are served to those that attend and the program focuses on the importance of the military.

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Veterans Day Program
Veterans Memorial Park
Lake Park Drive
Winona, MN 55987
(507) 454-4281

Date: November 11
Time: 11 a.m.

In the southern Minnesotan area of Winona, a small program and 24-hour vigil takes place every year on Veterans Day. Starting at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, Civil War re-enactors take the stage for a demonstration followed by speakers and prayers to honor veterans. The park itself is a wonderful place to visit on this day, as it is filled with monuments to remember those who were of service to this country. Marble bricks set on the walkways of the park contain engraved names of those to be remembered.

Armistice Day Commemoration
Brit’s Pub
1110 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 332-3908

Date: November 11
Time: 6 p.m.

Brit’s Pub, a European-style bar and restaurant, hosts a celebration each year on Veterans’ Day to remember the signing of the armistice at the end of World War I. The treaty signified peace between Germany and the Allied Forces, ending the war and bringing the soldiers home. Guest speakers provided by the Alliance Francaise are invited to the second floor club room, and the public is invited to join in the celebration of peace.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature.