County's Veterans Day events to honor all services

Friday, November 9, 2007

Veterans Day activities to honor all veterans of U.S. military service, living or dead, began this week and will continue across the county, with most events planned for Monday, Veterans Day.

This past Thursday, free haircuts for veterans were available at A Cut Above styling salon in Berryville. This was the second year for the stylists to offer the service.

Friday morning, Alpena School hosted activities, including two grade-appropriate assemblies, followed by a luncheon for veterans, who were offered a free pass to Alpena homecoming basketball games on Nov. 16.

Sunday

At 11 a.m. Sunday, the Pendegrass-Rose American Legion Post 36 of Holiday Island will host a Veterans Day observance at the Holiday Island Veterans Memorial Park. The observance will include the raising of flags, firing of volleys, and playing of Taps.

The Veterans Day address will be given by Command Sgt. Major Robin Lahm, who is Regimental Sgt. Major of the 209 Training Regiment of Ashland, Neb. Unlike many national holidays, organizers say, Veterans Day always falls on Nov. 11, to commemorate the end of World War One.

Monday events

A Memorial dedication ceremony is planned at St. John's Hospital -- Berryville at 10 a.m.

According to hospital officials, a new 40-foot lighted flag pole was purchased by the auxiliary, along with an American flag, and both will be dedicated to all veterans. The hospital joined forces with area VFW posts, Boy Scouts and area veterans to conduct the official ceremony.

Julius Stevens, assistant band director for Berryville Schools, will be on hand to play his trumpet during the ceremony, which will be held at the flag pole, located at the main entrance of the hospital. The public, and especially all area veterans and their families are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony. For more information call (870) 423-5230.

A Veterans Day program will be held at Green Forest Schools Tiger Gym at 10 a.m. Veterans will gather in the lobby and be escorted into the gym. They and their spouses are invited to stay for lunch immediately after the program.

The annual Veterans Day Assembly at Berryville High School is at 11:30 a.m., in Bobcat Gymnasium. The band, choir, and National Honor Society students will conduct the ceremony. Jim and Tammy Goins of Green Forest will be this year's guest speakers. All veterans and their families are invited to attend. A luncheon will follow the ceremony.

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