Veterans Day programs planned

Minot and Drake have announced their Veterans Day programs set for Monday.

The Grand Hotel will be the site for this year’s Veterans Day program in Minot. The program begins at 11 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom.

Wayne Paulson, Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of North Dakota junior vice commander, will give the address.

Bob Nyre, commander of the Minot VFW Post 753, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The program will include Minot veterans and auxiliaries, Our Redeemer’s High School band and choir directed by Lynette Tonneson, and Pastor Dan Chell of Our Redeemer’s Church. Steve Veikley will play “Taps.”

Paulson, originally from Flaxton, served in the Army in Korea with the 931st Engineer Aviation Group, whose mission was to build and maintain airstrips for the U.S. Air Force.

He is a life member of the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS.

He has been active at all levels of the VFW since joining Post 753 in Minot in 1974. He has served as post and district commander, adjutant and quartermaster. He served eight years as department quartermaster and 11 years as department adjutant.

On the national level he was appointed national inspector general of the VFW in 2006. In 2008, he was elected to a two-year

position on the National Council of Administration.

Paulson served on the committee to establish the North Dakota Medal of Honor Memorial in Minot and three years on the Governor’s Administrative Committee on Veterans Affairs. He was secretary-treasurer of the N.D. Veterans Home Foundation for three years.

He and his wife, Sharol, live in Minot. She is the department secretary-treasurer for the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

The Minot VFW and Auxiliary is in charge of this year’s Veterans Day program in Minot.

Drake

The Drake American Legion Post 32 will observe Veterans Day with a program at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

There will be a speaker from Minot Air Force Base.

Dinner will be served and will cost $10.