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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Rochester area veterans will be honored in person this year after the COVID pandemic prompted the cancellation of last year's Veterans Day observance in Rochester.

The event this year will return to the International Event Center in the Rochester Airport and will start at 8:30 a.m. with the serving a free breakfast to local veterans courtesy of Powers Ventures. Breakfast will be served until about 10 o'clock with a Veterans Day program scheduled to begin around 10:30.

A news release says, along with military veterans, this year's program will also honor and remember law enforcement personnel. The featured speakers will be Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson and Erin Stoeckig, who is a local student and winner of the 2020 National Award for the VFW Voice of Democracy.

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The event is open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Organizers note that everyone will be asked to wear a mask when not seated even if they have been vaccinated. Masks will be provided if needed.

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