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Salute to Our Veterans set for Friday at Park Theater
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McMinnville will honor its veterans Friday night in a second annual Salute to Our Veterans event at Park Theater.
“We are thrilled the city of McMinnville has partnered with our club to honor our veterans with this event,” said Noon Exchange Club member Ashley G. Wright, who is chairing the event. “In addition to the program, a number of veteran organizations will be on hand to provide information about local veteran services.”
Mayor Jimmy Haley says he is glad to see the success of this event in its second year.
“This community-wide Veterans Day event is long overdue,” Haley said. “I’m proud to be a part of it.”
The veterans event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. across Main Street at Topz when the 13 local veterans featured in a Noon Exchange Club 2017 veterans calendar will be on hand to sign their pictures on the calendars. The calendars are available for $15. Proceeds from calendar sales will go to Veterans Matter, an initiative that helps homeless veterans get their own homes.
At 5:30 p.m., the Silver and Gold Band will begin playing an assortment of patriotic melodies at Park Theater, followed by the Warren County High School choir, which will sing the national anthem and also perform patriotic tunes. The Cannon County Dance Studio will perform, and Dr. Trey Kirby will be the guest speaker.
A short intermission will follow the Veterans Day event before an advance screening of the upcoming USA Network series “Shooter,” which has been provided by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Hidden Heroes through local wounded veteran Chaz Allen.
The “Shooter” series features a veteran who is framed for a crime he did not commit and is forced to prove his innocence. The series will begin at 9 p.m., Nov. 15, on USA Network but the opening episode will be shown at Park Theater as part of Veterans Day ceremonies. All events are free of charge.