Veterans Day weekend in Franklin County is full of activities including school programs, art shows, field of flags, parades, memorial services and war reenactments.

Veterans Day is a national holiday, celebrated each Nov. 11, to honor military veterans. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that marked the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Here are the Veterans Day celebration events in Franklin County:

THURSDAY

Fields of Flags, City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

Ottawa Middle School Veterans Day celebration, Sheriff Jeff Richards, 2:15 p.m.

Honoring Our Veterans: A Tribute to the Heroes that served our nation, Carnegie Cultural Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 501 S. Main St., Ottawa.

FRIDAY

Veterans breakfast, Central Heights, 8:15-9:15 a.m.

Central Heights Veterans Day program, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

West Franklin at Williamsburg Elementary Veterans Day program, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Lunch with veterans, WF at Williamsburg Elementary, 11 a.m.

Wellsville Veterans Day assembly, 10 a.m., Wellsville High School.

Field of Flags, City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

Honoring Our Veterans: A Tribute to the Heroes that served our nation, Carnegie Cultural Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 501 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Veterans Day opening ceremony, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Washburn Towers, 506 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Tour Field of Flags and Carnegie Cultural Center, 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

Field of Flags, City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

Honoring Our Veterans: A Tribute to the Heroes that served our nation, Carnegie Cultural Center, 501 S. Main St,, Ottawa.

Ottawa Events

Veterans Day event ceremonies, 9 a.m., Fourth and Main streets, Ottawa.

Coffee and doughnuts for veterans. 10:30 a.m.

Veterans Day Parade, 10:45 a.m., downtown Ottawa.

Ceremony and flyover at Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 11 a.m., Fourth and Main streets, Ottawa.

Forest Park events

Military vehicles and displays, noon.

Kansas River Gang shootout, 1 p.m.

Prelude to World War II, 2 p.m.

World War II reenactment, 2:15 p.m.

Prelude to Civil War, 3 p.m.

Civil War reenactment, 3:15 p.m.

Ottawa Boy Scout Troop 77 Flag Retirement Ceremony, 4:30 p.m, , retiring flags from U.S. embassies in Bern, Switzerland; Lisbon, Portugal; Milan, Italy as well as hundreds from the Ottawa area.

Civil War cannon firing demonstration, 8 p.m.

SUNDAY

Fields of Flags, City Park, Fifth and Main streets, Ottawa.

Honoring Our Veterans: A Tribute to the Heroes that served our nation, Carnegie Cultural Center, 501 S. Main St., Ottawa.

Forest Park

Old Country Church Service, 9 a.m.

Civil War firing demonstration and/or Civil War skirmish, 1 p.m.