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Addison County gears up for Veterans Day

SCOUTS FROM BRISTOL Troop #543 and Milton Troop #631 will clean the veterans memorial obelisk in the Bristol park on Saturday and place placards in tribute to veterans during a ceremony that begins at 3:30 p.m. Independent photo/John Flowers

ADDISON COUNTY — Veterans Day, this Saturday, Nov. 11, will feature several social, solemn and patriotic events in Addison County aimed at honoring the sacrifices of the who’ve served our country.

Bristol American Legion Post No. 19 is working with two Scout troops — #543 from Bristol and #631 from Milton — for a special tribute to veterans at the town green on Nov. 11. The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a Scouts badge award ceremony. At noon, the Scouts will make tribute placards honoring local veterans past and present. Then, from 1-3 p.m., the Scouts will edge, clean and prepare the veterans memorial obelisk in the park for a ceremony that’ll begin at 3:30 p.m.

The veterans’ tribute placards made by the Scouts will be placed near the memorial during the ceremony. Post 19 Commander Ron LaRose will provide opening remarks for the ceremony.

That evening, beginning at 6 p.m., Post 19 will host a potluck dinner for any veterans and their families.

Middlebury’s marking of Veterans Day will largely take place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7823, at 530 Exchange St. Members of Post 7823, along with representatives of Middlebury American Legion Post 27, will assemble on Nov. 11 for an 11 a.m. ceremony at the VFW’s memorial wall. 

The Legion’s Color Guard will also be present. 

A light lunch will ensue. The event is open to the public.

Vergennes American Legion Post 14 at 100 Armory Lane has two events cooked up to honor veterans. First, on Friday, Nov. 10, Post 14 will offer a fish-fry dinner that is free to any veterans, beginning at 5 p.m. Then, on Sunday, Nov. 12, Post 14 will host a social gathering beginning at 1 p.m. for veterans and their families that will include a live band and light refreshments.

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