The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2671 and American Legion Post 280, both of Benton, held ceremonies Saturday to commemorate Veterans' Day.
In keeping with the traditional 11-11-11, the initial ceremony began at the Masonic and Oddfellows Cemetery at 11 a.m.
After remarks by John Metzger and Mayor Fred Kondritz, Rep. Dave Severin (R-Benton) gave the keynote speech. Addressing a crowd of about 50, Severin noted the contributions of veterans in protecting liberties, specifically religious freedom.
Before beginning his speech, Severin called on his friend, Ron Head, for an impromptu singing of "The Star Spangled Banner."
Following the placement of a wreath and the traditional 21-gun salute and playing of "Taps" by auxiliary members, the ceremony moved to the "Civil War Cemetery" behind the American Legion for another 21-gun salute.
Following the ceremonies, guests were invited to the Legion hall to enjoy a dinner of chili and hotdogs provided by Helia Healthcare of Benton.