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Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012 11:36 pm | Updated: 12:09 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Here is a list of Veterans Day events in and around Fairbanks:

• At 6 p.m. Sunday, Fairbanks Elks Lodge No. 1551 is hosting a veterans appreciation dinner. It’s free to all veterans and their families.

• The Student Veterans of UAF will host its second annual Veterans Day Memorial Roll Call from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Constitution Park on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus Sunday. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with an opening ceremony, ROTC will present the colors and UAF music graduate student Emerson Eads will sing the national anthem.

Following the ceremony, volunteers from the campus, military and civilian communities will begin reading the names of the more than 6,500 service members who have been killed in action while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. Sen. Mark Begich will speak at noon, and Joe Fields, chairman of the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, will speak at 5 p.m. The roll call will continue until the last name is read and will be followed by a closing ceremony, which will feature Eads singing “Amazing Grace” and a 21-gun salute from the Alaska Honor Guard. The ROTC will retire the colors.

The event and ceremonies are open to the public. For more information, visit www.uaf.edu/veterans or email svofuaf@gmail.com. Information is also available by calling 907-474-2475.

• The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the new Veterans Memorial Bridge on Illinois Street at 1 p.m. Monday. A procession of antique cars carrying Fairbanks-area veterans will cross the bridge at approximately 1 p.m. then make their way to the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center for a reception and brief program.

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