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Members of the AMVETS and Bismarck VFW Honor Guard deliver a rifle salute during the Veterans Day observance at the North Dakota State Heritage Center in 2016.

This year’s Bismarck AMVETS Veterans Day program will remember the service of North Dakota’s veterans during World War I to recognize the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the Great War. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., will attend with speaker Darrell Dorgan. The program begins at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bimarck AMVETS Club, 2402 Railroad Ave., in Bismarck.

On Saturday, Heitkamp will speak at the VFW’s All-Veteran Centennial Memorial to recognize the men and women who have served the country. She will highlight the issues that veterans face, such as accessing health services close to home or making sure they find good-paying jobs as they transition into civilian life.

The event will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Russell Reid Auditorium at the Heritage Center, 612 E. Boulevard Ave. in Bismarck.

In addition, University of Mary students will utilize letters collected from WWI to perform a Reader’s Theater inside the North Dakota Heritage Center’s Russell Reid Auditorium at 1 p.m., called “Letters from the Great War,” that will also include a lecture by Joseph Stuart, who teaches a class on the Cultural History of the Great War. The group also will be performing at the AMVETS event.

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