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Veterans and the public are invited to a reception honoring the men and women of the armed forces, past and present today and the annual Veterans Day parade Saturday.

The Texarkana Gazette's 20th annual Salute to Veterans takes place 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church, 4000 Moores Lane.

Food and door prizes will be available. Live musical selections include "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Taps," and the Texas A&M University-Texarkana ROTC will provide a color guard.

On Saturday, the Texarkana Area Veterans Council will host this year's annual Veterans Day Parade, which will start at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Broad and Hazel streets.

This year's parade theme will be "American Legion — 100 years old." The organization was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from World War I.

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