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VETERANS DAY CEREMONY SET

November 10, 1996

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Veterans Day celebrations are planned in Lawrence and in Topeka.

Lawrence's three military veterans' organizations will hold a joint ceremony Monday in honor of Veterans Day.

"It's to honor all veterans alive and dead," said Jack Starkey, club manager of the Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 of the American Legion.

The ceremony will begin at 11:11 a.m. Monday at the American Legion ballroom, 3408 W. Sixth.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the United Veteran's Organizations of Douglas County.

It consists of the American Legion post, Chapter 22 of the Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary and the Alforde-Clark Post 852 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Auxiliary.

The keynote speaker at the event will be Army Maj. Jane Harris, a Kansas University assistant professor of military science.

"We're expecting about 55 grade school kids from Marion Grade School to sit in on the ceremony to see what we are doing," Starkey said.

After the ceremony inside, those gathered will go outside for a rifle salute to the deceased veterans. Fifty flags will be set up outside the American Legion hall.

In Topeka, the Governor's Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee will sponsor a Veterans Day program at the site of the future Kansas Veterans Memorial and Walk on the grounds of the state Capitol.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Monday, adjacent to the flag pole near the Capitol's south steps.

The featured speaker will be Merrill Werts, Junction City, a former state senator who chairs the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs.

The public is invited to participate in a floral procession, where flowers may be placed on the site where the memorial will be constructed.

In a related matter, an Emporia State University faculty member is looking for women who served in the Vietnam War.

Christopher Lovett, assistant professor of social sciences at ESU, is trying to arrange a discussion panel of women for the Vietnam War course he teaches.

He is interested in those who served as nurses or Red Cross volunteers, those married to soldiers in the war, mothers with sons in the war and women who had boyfriends in the war. He is also trying to find people who actively opposed the war and Vietnamese and Laotian immigrants living in eastern Kansas.

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