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Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 2:38 pm

TWENTYNINE PALMS — Music, words of wisdom, military hardware and a free barbecue will all be part of the mix when the city of Twentynine Palms plays host to this year’s Veterans Day observation.
Adobe Road will be closed from Civic Center Drive to El Paseo Drive for the Veterans Day tribute from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, said Cindy Villescas, who is working to organize some of the day’s events.
For veterans, firefighters and others who serve the community, the day will begin before that, with free breakfast at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, on Adobe Road south of Twentynine Palms Highway.
The Twentynine Palms Young Marines Mojave Vipers will serve breakfast free to veterans, paramedics, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families from 8 to 10 a.m. said Diane Mann, who is in charge of fundraising and public relations for the group.
“This is the third year,” she said of the free breakfast that served 187 people in Yucca Valley last year, adding that elected officials and others are also invited to eat.
“Anybody who serves the community,” she said.
The breakfast menu include biscuits and gravy, sausages, bacon and eggs.
“We purchase the food,” Mann said. “We raise the money. We purchase the food. All the cooking is done by the adult staff members and all the serving and cleaning up is done by the kids.”
After breakfast, diners will be invited to join others in front of Twentynine Palms City Hall and Veterans Park for static displays of equipment from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, the Sheriff’s Department, the Twentynine Palms Fire Department and Morongo Basin Ambulance.
The day will also see the Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars and Citizen Patrol set up information tables. 
The day may also see a display of World War II memorabelia, Villescas said.
At 11 a.m., a ceremony featuring the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band and color guard will begin in Veterans Park north of City Hall.
After opening remarks by Twentynine Palms Mayor Jim Harris, the guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. George W. Smith Jr. commanding general at the Combat Center.
After the ceremony, Villescas said, everyone will be invited to a barbecue, with hot dogs and hamburgers, sponsored by Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel of Yucca Valley.
Groups interested in taking part in the observation are asked to contact Villescas at (760) 367-6799.


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