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Veterans Day events in Roseville honor those committed to country

City, American Legion host two events
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville residents have the chance to show their appreciation for veterans during two local events planned for Veterans Day on Friday.

The first event, organized by American Legion Post 169, starts with a pancake breakfast for all those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families. Sen. Ted Gaines is hosting the breakfast.

Later, the public is invited to attend a celebration at 11 a.m. in the Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall in Royer Park. The event features guest speaker Col. Rene Horton and music from Roseville High School’s band.

“Veterans Day is a day to remember that a veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America’ for an amount of up to, and including, their life,” said Dave Ramsey, commander of Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1487.

Ramsey served in combat infantry in Vietnam. He wants more young people to attend this year’s events.

“There are too many people today who don’t seem to understand that commitment,” Ramsey said. “We need to remind our young people freedom is not free, it comes at a high cost.”

The date marks the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany, which went into affect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 and signaled the end of World War I, or “the war to end all wars.”

In 1938, this day became a federal holiday known as Armistice Day, but in 1954 Congress amended the act to be called Veterans Day in recognition of all military personnel.

The city of Roseville will host an event starting at 2 p.m. at the World War II Monument on Vernon Street in downtown.

“Veterans guarantee that we have the right to live with all of our freedoms,” said Mayor Pauline Roccucci. “The city plans and participates in these events because of the important part veterans play in our lives, whether we know them personally or not.”

Roccucci said residents should try to attend at least one event to demonstrate their support for American veterans.

“Soldiers are continuing to fight today under unpleasant circumstances so we can live peacefully here in our homes and communities,” Roccucci said. “We should never forget the sacrifices they and their families are making for us.”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Veterans Day event hosted by American Legion Post 169
When:
11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11
Where: Roseville Veterans Memorial Hall, 110 Park Drive
Cost: Free. Open to the public.

Veterans Day event hosted by the city of Roseville
When:
2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11
Where: WWII Monument, 114 Vernon St. in Roseville
Cost: Free. Open to the public.