Groups in southwest Virginia celebrate veterans

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Veterans and marines have a reason to celebrate this weekend. Saturday marks 243 years since the establishment of the marines and Sunday is Veterans Day.

The Salem VA Medical Center's Canteen Service is hosting a free lunch for veterans and a pinning ceremony for Vietnam Veterans at the Veteran Town Hall Meeting on Friday. There are an estimated 20,000 Vietnam veterans in, leaders want as many as possible to have the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Lapel Pin and Proclamation signed by President Donald J. Trump.

The Lynchburg veterans day parade made a return last year and it will continue this year. The Lynchburg Veterans Council will honor those who served at 11 am on Saturday starting on the campus of Liberty University.

Roanoke City's Veteran's Day Parade kicks off at 11 am downtown on Saturday. At the conclusion of the parade Daughters of the American Revolution will lay a wreath at Lee Plaza.

Roanoke County is hosting a World War I Remembrance program, Explore Park at 10:30 am. Finally, in Radford, the NAACP is honoring veterans at First Baptist Church starting at 4 pm.