(Cleveland) – There are a number of events honoring our veterans today.

The Joint Veterans Commission of Cuyahoga County will host a special commemoration in the rotunda of Cleveland City Hall at 11 o’clock this morning.

All day, the USS Cod has free tours of the historic World War II submarine, with a special ceremony at noon, when the sub's deck gun will be fired.

There will be a special ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Lakewood Park at 11am.

Also keep in mind that city, county, state, and federal offices are closed today. Postal workers have the day off, and most major banks are closed.

However, some bank branches inside grocery stores are open.

As we take a moment to thank our veterans for their service to our country today, let's not forget members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

According to Fred Midgette, Rear Admiral with the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Cleveland, Ohio, the majority of people don't realize or forget that the United States actually has five branches of military; The Marines, The Army, The Navy, The Airforce, and the Coast Guard.

Midgette says the Coast Guard is the only branch that doesn't work for the Department of Defense, but the Department of Homeland Security.

A significant number of Coast Guard operations take place in the Great Lakes.

Midgette says nearly one quarter of all the Coast Guard smallboat stations in the nation are on the Great Lakes.

The Coast Guard operates all year long. They perform several operations including law enforcement on the Great Lakes, ship inspections, search and rescue, and ice breaking among other tasks.

Midgette says the Coast Guard is Cleveland's home-town military with about 465 members of the Coast Guard stationed here.

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