BEND AREA — Veterans will be honored at two events this week in the Town of New Haven in observance of Veterans Day.
The town, along with the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven and Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason, will hold a ceremony on Friday. It will be at the New Haven Veterans Memorial at 6 p.m., located next to the fire station on Fifth Street.
The service will honor all veterans, however as in years past, special presentations will be made to selected veterans. This year, Nelson Roush of New Haven and Joseph Jones of Mason will be presented American flags in keepsake wooden boxes by the town.
Legion Post 140 commander Dave Sigman will be the featured speaker. The stages of folding the flag will be explained, and the P.O.W./M.I.A. remembrance ceremony will be held.
The honor guard and rifles will give a gun salute, and all those in attendance will be supplied candles by the town for a lighting ceremony.
On Thursday, veterans and their families are invited to a free spaghetti dinner hosted by the New Haven Elementary School (NHES). Held in the school cafeteria, the dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The NHES Choir will have a performance to honor the veterans at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. A slide show of area veterans from the time they served our country will be shown.
Winners of a poem contest, sponsored by the American Legion ladies auxiliary, will be announced that evening, as well. Auxiliary members will present awards to the winning students, who will then read their selections.
Following the program, the school’s P.T.I. will hold a reception for the veterans and their families in the cafeteria, with cake and coffee being served.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.