SIOUX CITY | A host of activities and events will be held in Sioux City and nearby to commemorate Veterans Day through the weekend.

FRIDAY

9 a.m., Hinton, Iowa -- A Veterans Day assembly will be held at Hinton High School, under a project created by senior student Laura Brighton. The event is the first such assembly held at the school in at least 15 years, and Brighton said it is important to honor military veterans on the special day. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

10 a.m., Lawton, Iowa -- Veterans Day assembly, with display of World War II Army uniform, medals and other military memorabilia from Ernest Christiansen, at Lawton-Bronson High School building in Lawton. Christiansen is a 1936 graduate of L-B.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sioux City -- Western Iowa Tech Community College, Room L416-417 of the Dr. Robert E. Dunker Student Center. Josh Knaack, a graduate of Western Iowa Tech and a probation officer with the 3rd District Department of Correctional Services, is the guest speaker. The event will also include a complimentary lunch.

SATURDAY

11 a.m., South Sioux City -- American Legion Post 307 and VFW 10753 will hold its traditional observances at Siouxland Freedom Park. The event timing coincides with the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the signing of the World War I armistice. What was once called Armistice Day eventually became Veterans Day.

There will also be an orientation tour of the new Siouxland Freedom Park Interpretive Center. The day's events will culminate at 4:30 p.m. with the return of a large U.S. flag to full staff.

11 a.m., Sioux City -- The Woodbury County Commission of Veteran Affairs is sponsoring a Veterans Day observance at the downtown Woodbury County Courthouse. The speaker will be Vietnam veteran John Mansfield.

Several military groups will take part, and there will be a special presentation for Korean veterans who never returned home.

SUNDAY

2 p.m., Sioux City -- “Serving Her Country: Women in the Military,” a photo exhibit honoring women veterans, will open at the Betty Strong Encounter Center in partnership with the Sioux City Journal. Admission is free and a reception will follow.

The exhibit and opening program by Journal feature writer Tim Gallagher will culminate The Journal’s 20-part series, “Serving Her Country: Women in the Military,” produced by Journal newsroom staff.

Gallagher’s illustrated program will explore stories and images in “Serving Her Country” and their impact on readers.

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