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The United States will honor the men and women who have served their country in the Armed Forces for Veterans Day, on Monday, Nov. 11. 

The Swannanoa Valley will celebrate the holiday with the return of Black Mountain Salutes, which culminates with a parade through the center of town at 2 p.m. 

The event, which is in its second year, is organized through a collaboration between local veterans Weston Hall, Mike Ogul, Ted Horan and various community partnerships. Participants in the parade will gather at Black Mountain Primary School at 1 p.m. Speeches from dignitaries and pastors will follow, before a prayer at 1:54 p.m.

A flyover will take place at 1:59:50 to start the procession, which will travel west along State Street from North Ridgeway Avenue to North Dougherty Street. 

The day will be preceded by a panel discussion at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10. The presentation at Lookout Brewing Co. will feature local World War II Veterans Earl Snypes, Clarence Dotson and Art Lindsay. 

The discussion, organized by Hall, is free and open to the public. 

The inaugural Black Mountain Salutes Parade brought hundreds of onlookers to the sidewalks along State Street.

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