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Veterans Day program Saturday in Orem

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 5 2008 12:29 a.m. MST

OREM — This year's Orem Veterans Day program is set for 9 a.m. Saturday at the Orem City Cemetery.

The program's keynote speaker will be Reece Stein, who served in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, which included one year in Korea. Stein retired from the Utah National Guard in 1998 as a colonel after 30 years as state public affairs officer on the staff of the state adjutant general. Stein also worked as a reporter for KUTV for 40 years.

The Veterans Memorial, 1500 N. 800 East, features a statue honoring veterans of all wars and flags from each branch of the military. As part of the program, members of the American Legion, City Council, and other guests will participate in a flag exchange to retire the military flags that have been flying for the past year and replace them with new ones. The program will also showcase patriotic music performed by the Orem High School band.

Another tradition is the Veterans March. This event, for Utah County veterans, begins at the west entrance of the Orem City Cemetery and continues to a "pass in review" in front of the Veterans Memorial. The BYU Army ROTC will begin the march by firing its cannon. Each marching unit will be announced and recognized by a member of the Orem City Council.

The Orem Veterans Day program is free and open to the public.

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