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Veterans Day became a federal holiday in 1938, and each year since Americans gather for moments of silence and appreciation for the military members who have fought for freedom. Here are a few ways to celebrate the occasion in Evansville.

Locust Hill Cemetery and Arboretum Veterans Day Service
11 a.m. Nov. 11, Locust Hill Cemetery & Arboretum, 3367 Kratzville Road
Honor veterans throughout U.S. history at this service, which – in case of rain – will be held indoors at the Chapel of Eternal Peace.

Filling Empty Bowls for Veterans
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, Barker Brewhouse, 96 N. Barker Ave.
A donation of $20 will help the Veterans Food Bank and get you a bowl with soup and bread from Shortstacks Kitchen.

National Veterans Day Regional Site Service
1 p.m. Nov. 11, Oak Hill Cemetery & Arboretum Veterans Plaza, 1499 E. Columbia St.
Pay tribute to fallen heroes at this service recognized by the Veterans Day National Committee. The service will move inside Chapel One in the event of rain.

Four Freedoms Veterans Parade
2-5 p.m. Nov. 11, West Franklin Street between Saint Joseph Avenue and Wabash Avenue of Flags
This parade starts and ends on Franklin Street to honor veterans. Witness this event as a spectator or participant.

James Bethel Gresham Remembrance Event
3-5 p.m. Nov. 11, Gresham House, Two Wedeking Ave.
Recognize the military service and sacrifice of James Gresham, the first American soldier to perish in World War I. While there, vote in the Evansville Flag Competition. Proceeds from the sale of miniature flags and stickers will support homeless veterans at the Gresham House, run by ECHO Housing Corp.

Military Appreciation Night at the Thunderbolts
7 p.m. Nov. 11, Ford Center, One Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The Evansville Thunderbolts honor past and present veterans in their game against the Havoc from Huntsville, Alabama. Tickets start at $16.

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Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti
Maggie Valenti joined Tucker Publishing Group in September 2022 as a staff writer. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 2020 with a bachelors degree in English. A Connecticut native, Maggie has ridden horses for 15 years and has hunt seat competition experience on the East Coast.

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