Schools across the county celebrate veterans

Jim Jordan who served in the 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War tells Oregon City High School students about his service

Schools across the county celebrate veterans

Chris Walsh, a Marine Corps veteran, former police chief and Casper city councilman, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The 11 a.m. commemoration at the Rancho Bernardo Veterans Memorial in Webb Park will be preceded by a 10:45 a.m. patriotic musical prelude.

Musical performances by the Lancaster Band, and the Elementary/ High School Choir.

The daughter is grieving the death of her father who was a medic in the military, but she's brought her own daughter to learn more about the fallen veteran. The Veterans Day event was created to honor those who are now serving, have served or have been lost.

The veterans day program in Sibley will be on Friday, November 10th at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

Melonas said each year, students and staff create an "honor wall" as a tribute to veterans. The keynote speaker for the Veterans Day ceremony will Maj.

Brown Funeral Home and United Bank were this year's sponsors for the Veterans Day reception and assembly, according to Melonas. All veterans will be honored and the public is encouraged to attend.

"Red symbolizes hardiness and valor; white signifies purity and innocence; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice", she said.

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"Today is really a day about honoring the wide variety of men and women who served our country", Webb said.

For Veterans Day, John Jay College is honoring its 530 enrolled veterans who have served in various military branches and have made tremendous sacrifices for the nation and the greater good.

"It's important to hear a civilian voice to help us better express our gratitude", he said.

That evening the Honor Guard will present colors at the Powell County Chamber banquet and awards in the Broken Arrow Steakhouse. From elected leadership to charitable works, these veterans have stepped up time and again to give back, even though they already contributed so much during their military service.

The lead organizer of the event is Danny Van Dalsen, a retired UMass Amherst professor and Vietnam War veteran.

During the event, students from all grade levels performed songs such as "You're a Grand Old Flag", "Thank you, Solider" and "I love America" in front of attendees.

¯ Veterans in the USA: 18.5 million.

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