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Despite the pandemic, still many ways this Veterans Day to honor the men and women who served

Posted at 8:58 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 10:58:12-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Wednesday is Veterans Day and people across the nation and here in Utah are honoring the men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, celebrations will look different this year.

There will be no parades or large gatherings, but there are still plenty of ways to honor our veterans.

There will be an open house for veterans at the Resource Center in Logan.

The Utah National Guard will host a pre-recorded concert online at 9 a.m.

During the concert, Governor Gary Herbert and Brigadier General Daniel Boyack with the Utah Air National Guard will speak.

“I never want to forget the families,” said Gary Harter, Executive Director of Utah’s Veterans and Military Affairs. “While we were all doing our service there were terrific families that were with us as well. A veteran is a reflection of their family support system that goes on."

Students at Adams Elementary School in Layton are honoring the heroes in their lives, those who serve our community and country, both past and present.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and observes the end of WWI, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, etched into history as the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The celebration was broadened to Veterans Day in 1954.

There are an estimated 19.5 million veterans in the United States.