Veterans Day Dinner planned for tonight

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The Annual Veterans Day Dinner and a Marine Corps Birthday party starts at 6:30 p.m. today at the VFW post in Steamboat Springs. The dinner and dance that follows is to honor all local veterans.

Michael Condie, Veteran Affairs officer, said "it's (a) night for veterans to celebrate a job well done."

The Veterans Day dinner and dance is being celebrated in conjunction with the Marine Corps' 226th birthday. The ceremony for the Marine Corps' anniversary is observed every year and celebrated world-wide said Condie. As part of the conclusion to the ceremony, cake is served by a high-ranking Marine who slices it with his sword. The first three pieces of cake are served to the guests of honor the oldest veteran and the youngest.

Condie said they will be following the same tradition this year with a little more formality.

"I'm going to wear my blues," he said. Condie said he is encouraging other veterans to wear their uniforms to the event.

He said that there are many veterans in Steamboat whose involvement in foreign wars and the military is unknown to most people of the community.

"They served, came home and continued on with their lives," he said. Most men, Condie said, keep their experiences in the military to themselves.

Although the veterans share many similar experiences and memories from their participation in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait, they are gathered to celebrate, not to reminisce. Family members are also invited to attend the event.

"It's really an upbeat atmosphere," Condie said.

A dance open to the public follows the dinner. The dance will honor World War II vets by playing five songs from the '40s; Korean War vets by playing five songs from the '50s and Vietnam vets by playing five songs from the '70s. The remaining dance time will include oldies, country and requests.

The evening is free to all veterans and costs $12.50 for spouses and family members. Dinner reservations can be made by calling the VFW at 879-9959. The dance is from 9 p.m. until midnight and is open to the public.

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