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How you can honor veterans this weekend

Fresno State is hosting a week of recognition for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces before the campus closes in observance of the holiday on Friday.

Fresno State’s Veterans Day service will be held on campus Friday at 10 a.m. The event will take place near the monument at the Thomas Building flagpoles where the Army ROTC will present colors.

The Armed Forces Walk of Honor will directly follow that event and will lead spectators to the Henry Madden Library.

An exhibit will be opened by Fresno State President Dr. Joseph Castro. It will feature items donated by Fresno State students, faculty and staff.

On Saturday, the city of Fresno will hold a Veterans Day Parade that will feature two Fresno State veterans’ organizations, the Fresno State marching band and ROTC units.

Celebrations in honor of the holiday began at the beginning of the month with the opening of an exhibition at the M Street Graduate Studios in downtown Fresno.

The exhibition is entitled “Unsung Heroes: Do You Know Who I Am?” and highlights the contributions made by African-American veterans. This exhibit will be on display for eight days beginning on Friday.

The third annual Veterans 5K Run and a Salute to Services veterans tribute football game were held earlier this month. The Fresno State Veterans Council organized a Bowling and Billiards for Veterans Day on Monday, and a Veterans Appreciation Lunch on Tuesday.

This lunch featured U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jarrett Kraft as its guest speaker. Kraft is a Fresno native and was awarded the Navy Cross in 2004 for his efforts in Operation Iraqi Freedom.