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Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 7:10 p.m.

Monday is Veterans Day, and there are several special ceremonies, tributes and programs planned around the Fay-West area for people to attend as a way to honor to our brave men and women who have served their country, past and present.

As a way to bring together many of the smaller veterans groups from around Fayette County, one big parade will be held in Uniontown this year with veterans and units from local veterans organizations participating.

Veterans groups from areas that include Connellsville, Uniontown, Masontown, Perryopolis, Hopwood and Smithfield will be taking to the streets of Uniontown in one large tribute to all.

The event is being hosted by the American Legion Post 51 of Uniontown.

“We are expecting this to be pretty big,” American Legion Post 51 Commander George Dextras said of the parade that will take place Monday morning.

Line-up for the parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Penn Street, Peter Street and Gallatin Avenue with the parade beginning at 10:35 a.m..

Several area marching bands are expected to participate as well as the Junior ROTC units from Laurel Highlands and Albert Gallatin high schools, local officials and area Scout groups, first responders and fire companies.

The parade will proceed westward on West Main Street and will pause at 10:55 a.m. for a salute led by area honor guard units to be followed by the sounding of taps.

Area veterans are welcome to attend, and the public is urged to come and see the veterans and pay tribute to those who have served.

In Fayette County, a special ceremony will be held starting at 2 p.m. today in Everson.

The program will be held at the Everson Veterans Memorial site and will feature speakers and tributes.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

In Westmoreland County, there will be parades starting at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Mt. Pleasant and Scottdale.

“We will be lining up around 10 at Loucks Park,” Scottdale VFW Post 7781 Senior Vice Commander Barry Kramer said of the event. He asked veterans and groups who are participants in the parade to gather at the ballfield area of the park.

The parade then will proceed down Chestnut Street where it will pause at the corner of Pittsburgh Street for some patriotic music before proceeding down Pittsburgh Street to the veterans monument at the corner of Broadway and Pittsburgh.

The program will include comments by local officials, and this year's main speaker will be retired Master Sgt. Matthew Zamosky, the Westmoreland County Director of Veterans Affairs.

Kramer said that he hopes to see some more younger veterans come out to participate in the tribute.

“We can't seem to get the younger guys here, and this is for them, too,” Kramer said. “This is for every veteran.”

The Scottdale parade is hosted by the Scottdale VFW Post 7781, the Scottdale American Legion Post 240 and the Everson VFW Post 240.

Parade lineup for the Mt. Pleasant event also will begin at 10 a.m. at the corner of Eagle and Main streets.

The parade then will proceed down Main Street and immediately will be followed by a program in Veterans Park.

“We usually see a pretty nice crowd which is good to see,” said Joe Bauer, past commander of Mt. Pleasant VFW Post 3368.

The program will include music by the Mt. Pleasant Tower of Power marching band, honor guard salutes and comments made by various local officials.

This year's keynote speaker will be Vietnam veteran and former VFW post commander Jerry Yasher.

All programs and events will be held rain or shine.

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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