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Kings County honored veterans’ service to their country with several events in recognition of Veterans Day.

The American Legion Hanford Post 3 kicked things off with its annual ceremony on Tuesday. The VFW Nisei Liberty Post 5869 held its Veterans Day Festival while Lemoore wrapped things up with its Veterans Day Parade.

The American Legion held its ceremony at the memorial tank at the old Hanford Cemetery. This year, the legion decided to recognize the U.S. Navy’s submarine service. Retired Senior Chief Officer Paul Merritt spoke about his experiences with the service and the perils of submarine duty.

“People oftentimes take what veterans do for granted,” said former American Legion Post 3 Commander Andy Berard. “We wanted to heighten awareness to make sure people know that veterans are here for them and that we continue to serve even after leaving the military.”

The Veterans Day Festival at the Kings County Fairgrounds featured musical performances by the band Roadhouse as well as the Lemoore Choir, a car and motorcycle show, drill team competition, activities for kids as well as food vendors.

Drawings were held throughout the day for several prizes up for grabs, such as a 40-inch flat-screen TV.

According to the VFW post, this year’s festival is in honor of Korean War veterans. 

American Legion Post 100 sponsored the second annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Lemoore Tuesday night, in partnership with the Lemoore Parks and Recreation Department.

Several local organizations were on hand for the parade, including dignitaries from Naval Air Station Lemoore as well as local legion groups and the Lemoore police and fire departments.

The parade also featured a rolling veteran’s memorial that contained dog tags of soldiers killed in action from World War I to the present.

“We’re just trying to show our support for everyone who has served and is serving now,” said Parks and Rec Supervisor Sheila Taylor. “It’s a great family event.”

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2429 or jluiz@hanfordsentinel.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @JosephL_HS​.

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