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Thursday events will honor veterans
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On Thursday, most of the folks at Richmond Hill City Hall will take a break to honor service members of past and present in the city’s annual Veterans Day ceremony.
The event will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday in J.F. Gregory Park, near the veterans monument.
In Pembroke, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164 and Boy Scout Troop 357 will celebrate Veterans Day with the annual flag ceremony at 10 a.m. today in the park in downtown Pembroke.  
“We owe it to our veterans to honor them, and (the ceremony) is our one big chance in the year to do that,” said Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler.
He noted that service members put their own lives on the line and stand in harms way so that most other Americans don’t have to.
“We owe them something, and this our opportunity to do that,” Fowler said.
The ceremony will begin with opening remarks from planning and zoning Director Steve Scholar, followed by an invocation from the Rev. Steve Lane of New Beginnings Community Church.
Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division Color Guard will post colors, and Yanissa Golden-Grant and Sharnay Grant are scheduled to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Ceremony speakers will include Mayor Fowler; Paul Spence with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 789; Ana Parodi with Veterans of Foreign Wars; and guest speaker Lt. Col. Eugenia K. Guilmartin, commander of the 385th Military Police Battalion at Fort Stewart.
Following the speakers, Lane will give the benediction and a wreath will be laid on the veterans monument. The colors will then be retired while Officer Tim Saia plays “Taps” in the background.
Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
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