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The VFW Little Finger Post pro- vides a ri e salute, with a  ring squad marching out of the building into a parking lot to  re off blank rounds which are still very audible inside the building.
Guest speakers and the theme of this year’s Veterans Day observance had not yet been set as of publica- tion of this guide. But it was expected that something special would be offered in connection with the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.
“None of our veterans are getting any younger,” said Mikowski, who served in Vietnam. “Many of the guys who are part of the ceremony are 70-plus years old, and most of the people who come to the ceremo- ny aren’t teenagers either.”
Mikowski said it’s likely that Veterans Day ceremonies will con- tinue to be held annually inside the VFW Hall in Lake Leelanau rather than outdoors at the Veterans Plaza a couple of miles east off M-204.
“The weather’s just too unpre- dictable in November for us to be sure everybody’s going to be com- fortable,” Mikowski said. “I think we may even get a bigger crowd this year if people know it’s being held indoors.”
One factor that might inhibit attendance this year is that November 11, 2018 occurs on a Sunday – when many local church- es are holding services. The federal government as well as the U.S. Postal Service will observe the hol- iday on Monday, Nov. 12 this year.
In addition, the Leelanau County Government Center will observe the Veterans Day holiday on Monday, Nov. 12, and many other government of ces will be closed that day.
“We’ll need to get together to  gure out if the county’s Veterans Day observance will be on Sunday, Nov. 11 or maybe the following day, on Monday,” Mikowski said. “When we know, we’ll be sure to put an announcement in the Leelanau Enterprise.”
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