Capitol grounds

Three public events will be held in succession this morning at the All Veterans Memorial on the state Capitol grounds. All five of Bismarck's veterans organizations will participate in the events, which start at 10 a.m.

The first will be the dedication of a 3,000-pound granite monument donated by the Military Order of the Purple Heart, commemorating all of America's service members wounded in combat.

The next event will be the annual Veterans Day observances at the All Veterans Memorial, hosted by Chapter 150 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Master of ceremonies will be Roger Bakke, commander of VVAChapter 150. The speaker will be Lt. Col. Shirley Olgeirson, a Desert Storm veteran and the current commander of Bismarck's VFW Post 1326. In case of bad weather, the observance will be held in the Heritage Center auditorium.

The final event will be the dedication of the new shelter for the 40 et 8 boxcar, conducted by the 40 et 8 Grand Voiture du North Dakota. The boxcar is located south of the Heritage Center. Grand Chef de Gare Don Schwinden, of Fargo, will be the speaker.

A reception will be held in the Heritage Center following the events. The new "North Dakotans Remember WWII" exhibit will be open for viewing in the Heritage Center.

Elsewhere

3 AMVETS Post No. 9 will provide a free lunch and program with entertainment at 12:30 p.m. at the AMVETS Club, 2402 Railroad Ave., Bismarck.

3 VFW Post No. 1326 will have a free lunch for all veterans and their families following the morning's activities at the VFWClub, 1326 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck.

3 The Gilbert S. Furness Post No. 40 of the American Legion and the VFWwill serve a free chili lunch with coffee and dessert for all veterans from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Moose Club, 111 11th Ave. N.E. Veterans are asked to bring their Legion card or AMVETScard.

3 St. Mary's Central High School will host a special program, "Honoring All Who Serve,"at 10:15 a.m. in the main gym. Guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Dave Skalicky, of the North Dakota National Guard. Tom Porter will perform "God Bless America" and the SMCHSSymphonic Band will perform under the direction of Rob Peske. SMCHS seniors Hannah Sagaser and Brie Marion will give their Voice of Democracy speeches.

3 An informational program on the North Dakota Veterans History Project will take place at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The program includes a video and informational handouts. The project is designed to interview veterans of all wars involving the United States, from World War I through Operation Iraqi Freedom. All interested veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to attend the program. Admission will be free for veterans, and refreshments will be served. An informational program on the North Dakota Veterans History Project will take place at the Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center from 2 to 3 p.m. The program includes a video and informational handouts. The project is designed to interview veterans of all wars involving the United States, from World War I through Operation Iraqi Freedom. All interested veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to attend the program. Admission will be free for veterans, and refreshments will be served.