Students in Custer honored veterans with 23rd annual program

Local veterans are honored during Sanchez Elementary School's Veterans Day celebration

Hugh Holmes, South Dakota American Legion state commander says, "It was an honor to serve my country and to see these young students come in to participate and to honor our other veterans that were the ceremony today".

Zavalla ISD: Veterans Day program will be at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

Many schools around the county are making an effort to honor and teach the significance of Veterans Day.

The 15th annual Veterans Day Prayer for America Service will be held at 7 p.m., with Fair Play Brass playing at 6:30 p.m., at Jersey Shore Presbyterian Church, 235 S. Main St., the old stone church with a clock in the steeple. Students have also created profiles of veterans - those special to them or those from history - which are on display throughout the school.

Vermilion County Joint Veteran Council Veterans Day program will be at 10:30 a.m. November 11 at the Middle East Memorial, Danville. The ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; singing of the national anthem; a welcome by Parkland College President Tom Ramage; and the presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of enrollment services. The name was changed in 1954 to honor all military veterans.

The guest speaker, Nathan Wienbaum, enlisted in the Navy after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and completed five deployments on a nuclear submarine before becoming Blount County's veterans services officer.

Sugar Valley native and Air Force veteran Sgt. Kent Vonada will be the keynote speaker.

In Princeton, there will be a community-wide ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park downtown.

The students later broke out into groups meeting with each veteran to hear about their experience one-on-one.

Activities are open to all veterans and active duty personnel.

MORGAN- A Veterans Day program will be held in Morgan at the Cedar Mountain High School gym at 9 a.m. Joel Harmoning is speaking.

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