Helena's annual Veterans Day ceremony is slated to start at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Lewis and Clark County Veterans Memorial located at Memorial Park. 

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to American Legion Post No. 2, 3095 Villard Avenue.

Hosted by the Lewis and Clark County Veterans Memorial Foundation, this solemn ceremony is intended to recognize veterans from Lewis and Clark County and throughout the nation who are serving or have served, and those who have paid the ultimate price through selfless military service. All Gold Star Families, current military personnel, area veterans, their families and local residents are invited to attend.

Retired Col. Steve Garrison, chairman of the Joining Community Forces, will be the keynote speaker. Garrison is a decorated Army veteran who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Garrison continues to serve veterans and area communities with his leadership.

A no-host reception will follow the ceremony at American Legion Post No. 2 to celebrate the foundation's 11th year managing the veterans memorial. 

The foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to protect and maintain the memorial. Contribution may be sent to the foundation at P.O. Box 243, Fort Harrison, Montana, 59636-0243.

Other local Veterans Day events include:

Breakfast

The Lewis and Clark County post of the American Legion will serve its 98th annual Veterans Day Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. 

Parade and lunch

The East Helena post of Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold its annual Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday. The parade will start in front of the post and march to JFK Park in East Helena and return. This will be followed by lunch at the VFW, hosted by the Post and Auxiliary.

Hunter’s Pointe

Hunter’s Pointe retirement community will conduct a Veterans Day gathering at noon Saturday. The event will include military exhibits, recognitions and a luncheon. Call 443-4222 for information.

American flags

As part of a 21-year tradition, American Legion Post No. 2 will place American Flags throughout downtown Helena Saturday. 

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