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Veterans Day activities planned in Coldwater and around the area Sunday


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Sunday is Veterans Day and ceremonies marking the occasion will be held in communities all over the region. Originally called Armistice Day to celebrate the end of World War One, and to mark the day the Armistice was signed, it has evolved into a day to honor the veterans of all wars, those that made it back and those that didn’t.

The largest ceremony in the area is traditionally held at Fort Custer National Cemetery at 11AM. In downtown Coldwater, the 11 a.m. ceremony is at American Legion Post 52, where the morning will start with an open house with coffee and donuts at nine o’clock and then after the 11 o’clock observance and remarks, there will be a chicken and noodles lunch served.

Vietnam veteran Ord Elliott says he recognizes the many U.S. service men and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are not the same people they were before going overseas and often struggle with the transition back into civilian life. He says getting the person to talk with an older veteran can be beneficial if there's emotional baggage to be dealt with. Elliott says many veterans need to go through an emotional healing process before they can get on with their lives.