* On Saturday, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Brazil Post No. 1127, 103 E. Jackson St., invite the public to "meet and greet" local veterans from past and present military conflicts at their Open House, noon-6 p.m. There will be homemade soups, sandwiches and pastries according to Post Commander Les Walden, who said, "We'll have food until it runs out."
The post has invited the local National Guard members (and their families) who recently returned from their tour of duty in Iraq to attend the event.
"This will be a great opportunity for the public to meet and talk with all our veterans who have bravely served their country," Walden said.
On Sunday, The Veterans Day program, sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 2 and the VFW Brazil Post No. 1127, will be on the lawn of the Clay County Courthouse Sunday morning. (If inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the courthouse.)
Some program highlights include:
* The public is invited to join the Color Guard as they march north from the VFW Brazil Post No. 1127 on Sherfey Street, turn east on National Avenue to the courthouse lawn with a Brazil City Police escort. People will need to arrive at the VFW facility on or before 10:15 a.m. to join the march, which is expected to arrive at the courthouse on or before 11:11 a.m. when the program starts,
* The Jackson Township Band will provide patriotic musical selections on the courthouse lawn starting at 10:15 a.m.,
* After the opening ceremonies, welcome, the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer, Post Commander Nick White will introduce his son, Jeremy White, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, as the guest speaker.
After the conclusion of the Veterans Day program, VFW Brazil Post No. 1127 will open for all veterans and their family members to come together for some fellowship.
The American Legion Riders of Post 2, 1015 S. Forest Ave., are sponsoring a Chili Cook-Off from 12:30-5 p.m.
Crock Pots with favorite chili recipes for the contest need to be dropped off at the post before 12:30 p.m. There will be an entry fee of $5 at the door and prize ribbons for first, second and third place. Judging will take place at 1 p.m., but the public is invited to enjoy a "bottomless bowl of chili" for $2 per person throughout the day.
All proceeds will be donated to the Clay County Vets in support of the 2008 Loyalty Day event.