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Veterans Day program is Sunday at national cemetery

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By Stephen Lega

Commander Benedict Brown, a retired military chaplain, will be the featured speaker at the 2012 Veterans Day Program at Lebanon National Cemetery.
Brown will speak during the ceremony, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. American Legion Post 49 and its Ladies Auxiliary and VFW Marple Caldwell Post 5910 are hosting the event.
Brown is a seventh generation Kentuckian. He became an ordained minister for the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1973, and for 20 years, he served parishes in Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Louisville.
He was commissioned in the Military Chaplain Corps in 1990. In that role, he has served Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy units. He has also made combat deployments to southwest Asia.
Brown retired from active service in 2009, and he has been awarded the Commendation and Meritorious Service Medals and the Bronze Star.
CSM Ernest Taylor of the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard will serve as the master of ceremonies for Sunday's program, and Rev. Christopher Rhodes, the associate pastor of St. Augustine Church, will lead the invocation and benediction.
The Marion County High School Band and JROTC will also participate in the program.
Jim Bob Moore, the commander of American Legion Post 49, will present a wreath in honor of the last local veteran interred at the Lebanon National Cemetery.