Veterans Day falls on a Saturday this year, as does the annual Veterans Day parade in Arkansas City.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Summit Street in downtown Ark City.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1254 will place flags in Riverview Cemetery on Saturday morning, before the parade.
American Legion Post 18 will serve beans and cornbread following the parade. Each meal also includes a dessert, all for a free-will donation.
The American Legion bar, located at 113 E. Washington Ave., will be open from 1 p.m. to midnight.
Today’s Veterans Day activities
Although Veterans Day is Saturday, many entities are observing it today, including local banks and the City of Arkansas City, all of which will be closed.
However, schools still will be open and local veterans will be visiting with the students.
C-4 Elementary School students has invited family members who are veterans to join them for a special “heroes breakfast” from 7:25 to 7:55 a.m. today.
There will be a patriotic sing-a-long and all service folks will be recognized.
Adams Elementary School also is having an assembly at 10 a.m.
Students will sing patriotic music and local veteran Josh Hawkins will speak to the kids.
Veterans welcome at high school
The Arkansas City High School leadership class is hosting its annual Veterans Day assemblies.
The first assembly will run from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and the second from 9:30 to 10 a.m. in the ACHS auditorium.
A veterans breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. in the Arkansas City High School cafeteria.
ACHS leadership teacher Braden Smith said all veterans are welcome to attend and he hopes for a good turnout.
“It’s a great learning opportunity for the students to organize this event,” Smith said. “The kids really enjoy attending and honoring our veterans each year.”