Several Veteran's Day activities planned

The Crossroads area looks to offer a heartfelt thanks to local veterans today and this weekend with a number of ceremonies and offerings.This morning, the Big Spring VA Medical Center was slated to present its Community-Wide Veterans Day Program at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, which included a luncheon following the presentation.“Veterans Day offers America an opportunity to honor veterans for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our country,” Meghan Bias, a community relations spokesperson for the VAMC, said. “Following the program, veterans and their families are invited to lunch. As a gesture of appreciation to all veterans, lunch has been provided by generous individuals from our community.”Another ceremony is slated for 3 p.m. at Mt. Olive Cemetery, presented by Nora Hernandez and her family honoring the veterans interred at the local cemetery.“Each year the service is different, but I do what I can so the families and the veterans know they are not forgotten,” Hernandez said. “This will mark the sixth year for the ceremony. We plan to play Taps, as well as offer up prayers for our veterans.”The event is open to the public and will take place near the Mt. Olive Chapel, located near the entrance to the cemetery.“I'm hoping people will come out and show their support,” Hernandez said. “We want our veterans to know they are not forgotten.”For more information, contact Hernandez at 720-377-4265.The local Hangar 25 Air Museum also began its offering for local veterans today.“In honor of Veteran’s Day and to show our appreciation to those who have served our country, Hangar 25 Air Museum will be giving away a special gift to any veteran who comes by the museum today or Saturday,” museum officials announced late Thursday morning. Admission to the museum will be free to the public during this celebration, slated today from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.For more information, contact the local museum by e-mail at or call 432-264-1999.Some local and area restaurants are offering free meals for veterans. Pizza Inn will feed veterans at no charge Sunday, while McDonalds will offer breakfast and lunch to veterans and their immediate families Monday. Several governmental offices will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day:• All non-emergency Big Spring city offices, as well as the landfill, will be closed Monday.• Howard County offices, excluding sheriff and emergency services, also will be closed Monday.Howard College and the Big Spring, Coahoma and Forsan school districts, on the other hand, will have normal schedules Monday.