The World War I doughboy statue is the center of Veterans Day activities at the Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton Friday, Nov. 11.

The term "doughboy" has been used in connection with U.S. soldiers in the first world war, but the reason behind the term is not certain. Some explanations involve the types of food the American soldiers brought with them when they arrived in Europe during that war. Veterans Day was also called Armistice Day, and was first commemorated in 1919, celebrating the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Now, it honors the current and past members of the Armed Forces.

At the museum, a short outdoor ceremony will start at 2 p.m. Friday, including the laying of wreaths at the statue and a 21-gun solute.

Further presentations will follow inside the museum at the upstairs main exhibit area. Refreshments will be provided.

A number of valley schools also have planned ceremonies on Veterans Day Friday. Victor's presentation will be at 2 p.m. Lone Rock School has a breakfast and program planned. Darby's presentation will be at 10 a.m. in the high school gymnasium. Corvallis is planning a short parade at 11 a.m., starting at the school. Hamilton Middle School on South 5th Street will have a ceremony at 1 p.m.