Veterans Day activities planned throughout county

Monday, November 8, 2004

Veteran Day activities are planned across the area.

Alpena High School is hosting a Tribute to Veterans this Friday, Nov. 5, with a flag-raising at 10:45 a.m. and an assembly and luncheon afterward. The school has also extended an invitation to all veterans to be guests at Leopard basketball games the evening of Nov. 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Next week, there are several programs planned.

In Green Forest, all members of the armed services, both past and present, along with community members, are invited to attend a special Veterans Day recognition program at the Green Forest School on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The program is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in Tiger Gym, followed by a luncheon in the school cafeteria afterwards.

The veterans program is sponsored by the school and includes participation by students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, contact John Pipkins at (870) 438-5129.

In Berryville, the drive for a new county memorial to honor all veterans has been a success after the goal of raising $4,000 for the project was reached.

The monument will be erected and dedicated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, at its permanent home in Pioneer Park behind the Senior Activities Center in Berryville.

"The memorial will honor all veterans, both men and women, and not just veterans from wars," said Glen Clefisch, veteran service officer for Carroll County.

The goal of raising the money was reached "through the generosity of the people and businesses of Carroll County," Clefisch said.

The featured speaker at the event will be Raymond Pendergrass, adjutant general of the Missouri National Guard.

The program also includes an invocation, presentation of colors, national anthem and recognition of the Berryville High School Band and director Daniel Hodge.

Members of American Legion Post 9 Eureka Springs will be posting the colors and setting up a military flag display that includes flags for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, POW/MIA, and a Blue Star banner.

Also participating will be Mayor Tim McKinney and County Judge Mike Botelho, Rep. Phil, Jackson, and Sen. Randy Laverty.

Taps will be played on trumpet by Circuit Court Judge Alan Epley.

The public and all those who donated are invited to attend the event. In case of incliment weather, the program will be held in Bobcat Gym.

Also in Berryville, the Berryville High School National Honor Society is hosting a Veterans Day assembly for all veterans and their spouses on Thursday in the Berryville High School Gymnasium at 11:30 a.m.

All veterans are invited to attend so that their service in the nation's armed forces may be honored. Anyone with questions may contact Gayla Gilbert or Pat Manley at (870) 423-3312.

At Holiday Island, the Eureka Springs and Holiday Island Elks Lodge #1042 will be hosting a Veterans Day dinner and dance Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Elks Lodge at 4 Parkcliff Drive in the Park in Holiday Island off Highway 23 North.

Dinner will be served between 5-7 p.m. and dancing will start at 7 p.m. with DJ Don Naas.

Elks members and guests are invited to attend. Reservations are required.

The cost is $12.50 per person with two drinks per person. Call for extra drinks.

The menu will consist of country-style pork ribs, baked beans, German potato salad, rolls and dessert.

Profits will go to benefit the Veterans Hospital in Fayetteville.

"Last year we raised $1,250 for the hospital," said President Boyce Williams. "This is put into the vets' "wish list" fund at the Volunteer Services Department. Our goal this year is to raise $1,700.

To make reservations or inquiries call the lodge at (479) 253-9783.

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