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VA Marks 75th, Will Host Veterans Day Events

White River Junction — The White River Junction VA Medical Center will host a number of events during the next two weeks, including a ceremony honoring Vietnam veterans and several programs marking the center’s 75th anniversary and Veterans Day.

A “Hearts of Valor” ceremony is set for today from 2-4 p.m. During the ceremony, an expansion of the Quilts of Valor Program, each veteran will receive a handmade quilt.

The quilts, provided by the Quilts of Valor Foundation, are donated by volunteer artists from across the country and take up to three weeks to make. Catherine Roberts, of Delaware, started the foundation during her son’s year-long deployment to Iraq.

It aims to give a quilt to each service member returning from war.

According to the foundation’s website, more than 91,000 quilts have been awarded to service members and veterans.

The White River Junction VA will mark its 75th anniversary and Veterans Day by honoring employee and patient veterans throughout the week of Nov. 4-8. A veteran employee panel discussion is set for Nov. 8 from noon-1 p.m. in Building 44, Room 103.

An event on Nov. 11 will include a Veterans Day ceremony with guest speaker Col. Carl F. Hausler and music by the Lyme Town Band from noon-1 p.m.; tours of the Women’s Center from noon-4 p.m.; and an open house from 1-2 p.m. Building 44, Room 103. — Staff reports