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Wednesday, November 11, 2020   

INDIANAPOLIS -- Like most other holidays observed in 2020, Veterans Day will be different than in years past. Ceremonies, parades, concerts and other events that honor veterans in Indiana and other states won't be held in person due to the pandemic.

However, there are plenty of virtual observances including "Honoring Our Warriors," hosted by the Wounded Warrior Project. Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington, the project's chief executive, said they're asking participants to share their own stories and tributes to veterans.

"The benefits we enjoy as citizens -- certainly the freedoms and the protections we enjoy -- are borne by generations of veterans that have served in the past," he said. "So, this event highlights many of the stories of generations of veterans. "

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Facebook and YouTube. The National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery also is online, starting at 11 a.m., and the Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis virtual service and awards ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at VeteransDayIndy.org.

According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the more than 400,000 veterans in Indiana make up about 9% of the adult population. Linnington encouraged Hoosiers to reach out to veterans in the community.

"Sometimes we're reluctant to go introduce ourselves to them," he said. "Veterans give a lot, they've obviously sacrificed a lot on our behalf, and I think the only thing they're looking for is acknowledgement of their service and a smooth transition into roles in community, much like they had when they were in uniform."

He said Indiana veterans who may be struggling with physical, mental health or other wellness concerns can contact their local County Veterans Service Officer, who can connect them with state and federal resources and benefits.


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