Veterans Day

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The University of Cincinnati is marking Veterans Day a few days early. An on campus ceremony is held each year honoring the school's student veterans.

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A crowd of almost entirely all Veterans gathered in Eden Park Tuesday morning for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial.

The guest speaker was retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel Lou Sand.

"To be asked to participate in this ceremony," says Sand, "which is a long standing tradition here in the park meant a lot to me because I'm currently an employee of the park."

Sand served in Haiti, Bosnia, and twice in Afghanistan before retiring in 2012 after 30 years. He also earned a Bronze Star.

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It's being billed as the first celebration aimed at bringing Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky together to commemorate local veterans. The inaugural "Freedom Is Not Free Veterans Day Celebration" is this weekend.

As a Judge Advocate General, organizer Joe Hinds served in all four branches of the military before retiring as a Lt. Colonel in the Air Force. He's hoping several thousand people will show up.