BEND AREA — Military personnel who served the United States in all wars will be honored next week in three separate Bend Area ceremonies, as Veterans Day approaches Nov. 11.
The first will be held Thursday, 9:15 a.m., at Wahama High School.
In an assembly in front of the student body, the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society will recognize and honor the attending veterans. Music will be provided by both the high school band and choir.
The Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason and Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven will show the students proper American Flag etiquette. Following the assembly, Rho Kappa will host a reception for the service men and women.
All local veterans are invited to attend the event, according to Isaiah Pauley, Rho Kappa president.
Later that evening at 6:30 p.m., a program will be held at New Haven Elementary School to honor the veterans.
The 70-member elementary school choir, made up of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students, will perform a number of songs. According to Kimberly Bond, choir director, the first song of “This is America,” will feature a color guard marching the American Flag into the gymnasium. The color guard will consist of members of V.F.W. Post 9926 and American Legion Post 140.
All veterans are invited to attend and will be recognized for their service. The program will end with the school’s second graders joining the choir to sing “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” A reception with cake and coffee will follow the program.
Finally, on Saturday, the V.F.W. Post 9926 and American Legion Post 140 will join with the Town of New Haven to hold the annual Veterans Day ceremony. It will begin at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial, next to the New Haven Fire Station.
The guest speaker will be Steve VanMeter of the Drew-Webster American Legion Post 35 of Pomeroy, Ohio.
Each year the organizations choose two local World War II veterans to receive special recognition. This year they will include David W. “Bill” McFarland of New Haven and Raymond Sisk, Sr. of Letart. Both are U.S. Navy veterans.
Also during the service, the P.O.W./M.I.A. table ceremony will be held. The Missing Man, or Fallen Comrade Table, is a symbolic and solemn remembrance of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service members.
The public is invited to the service.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.