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Hagel to Participate in Veterans Day, USMC Birthday Observances

By Karen Parrish
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will provide remarks and take part in a wreath-laying ceremony during a Marine Corps birthday observance Nov. 9 at the Iwo Jima Memorial here, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters today.

The secretary will also participate in Veterans Day ceremonies on Nov. 11, Little said, with details yet to be released.

On Veterans Day, the U.S. military “will provide support to 192 events across the country,” Little said.

The press secretary said Hagel is currently in his home state of Nebraska, attending the funeral of his “friend, former boss and mentor” former Nebraska Representative John Y. McCollister.

Little added the secretary is expected to return here later today.

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