Government offices are closed Friday to mark Veterans Day.
The actual holiday is Saturday, though local events are set over a period of several days.
The Truman Library holds its annual Honorable Ike Skelton Veterans Day Ceremony from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The library is 500 West U.S. 24 in Independence, and admission Sunday is free. Ike Skelton was a longtime area congressman who chaired the House Armed Services Committee and advocated for the welfare of those serving in uniform.
The events include a 21-gun salute, the playing of “Taps” and a wreath-laying at the grave of Harry Truman, who in addition to serving as commander in chief was a National Guardsman and an artillery captain in World War I.
The day’s main speaker is Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Mordente (retired). He is the director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. He speaks before the 21-gun salute and wreath-laying.
Also, the Veterans Service Office in Independence is holding an open house next week. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the office at 3675 S. Noland Road, Suite 125. People can meet with veterans service officers and with people from the Missouri Veterans Commission Service Officer Program.
Veteran service officers help veterans and their dependents file for VA benefits and assist with things such as health-care eligibility and home-loan guarantees.
Call 816-325-5882 or 816-325-5883 for more information.