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Boyd Gabel (right) and Kirk Gottschalk, two veterans, prepare to raise the flag before the Waverly vs. Seward football game on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Concordia University. 

On Friday we celebrate Veterans Day. Here are some area events:

* Veterans Day breakfast -- with U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, 7-7:30 a.m., Hy-Vee, 5010 O St. Free for veterans.

* Veterans recognition program, 8-9 a.m., Parkview Christian School, 4400 N. First St. Featured speaker, David Lohstroh, retired Air Force pilot.

* Trinity Lutheran School Veterans Day chapel service, 8:30 a.m., 1200 N. 56th St.

* Veterans Day Walk of Recognition, 9 a.m., begins at Memorial Stadium and ends at Veterans Memorial Garden (Antelope Park). Family and friends are invited. You can join the walk at any point along the route.

* Veterans Memorial Garden program, 11 a.m. Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive, Antelope Park. Presentation of colors, invocation and music by Ground Zero. Veterans invited to share memories and stories during open mic.

* Veterans Day brunch buffet, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., all Lincoln Russ's Market Cafes. All-you-can eat brunch. Veterans eat free.

* Veterans Day open house, 9 a.m. meet and greet, 10 a.m. program Lewiston Consolidated Schools, Lewiston; followed by covered-dish lunch, Fisher Post No. 367, Virginia (meat and drink provided).

* Celebration Hero, 10 a.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3825 Wildbriar Lane. Thank-you program hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool. Lunch served following the program.

* Veterans Day tributes -- patriotic music by UNL students, VFW and American Legion members present veterans with flag lapel pins, certificates and veteran honor blankets, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lancaster Rehabilitation Center, 1001 South St.; 3-4 p.m., Holmes Lake Manor, 6101 Normal Blvd. Hosted by CHI Health at Home.

* Veterans Day Lecture, "What It Means to Be an American," by Nebraska Wesleyan University president Fred Ohles, 3 p.m., McDonald Theatre, Elder Memorial Speech and Theatre Center, 51st Street and Huntington Avenue. All veterans will be recognized during program. Free, open to public.

* Strategic Air & Space Museum, Veterans Day program and lunch, 11:30 a.m., free to veterans. Admission charged for general public. Advance registration required.

* Veterans Day open house, all Lincoln YMCA locations welcome all past and present service members and their families to use facilities and all YMCA amenities for free Friday through Sunday. Veterans pay no initiation fee if they join any Lincoln YMCA before Nov. 30.

* Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed, provides free admission for all former and current military members from noon-4:30 p.m., 599 Oakcreek Drive.

* Veterans Day special program, 2:30 p.m., Clark Jeary Retirement Community, 8401 S. 33rd St. Speaker: Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Hartman, Army National Guard.

* Lincoln Yoga Center, free class (no experience needed), 5:30-7:30 p.m., Studio 1, 2127 Winthrop Road. Donations for Veterans Yoga Project encouraged.

* Wounded Warriors honored -- 5:30-9:30 p.m., Ice Box Hockey Arena, 1880 Transformation Drive. The Lincoln Stars will honor a group of 40 warriors, family members and caregivers who are served by Wounded Warrior Project.

* Night at the Museum -- exclusive documentary film screening "USS Indianapolis, The Legacy," with guest of honor Clarence Hupka, a sailor on that ship, 7 p.m., Tecumseh Community Building, 355 Clay St., Tecumseh. This program honors all veterans. Public welcome.

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