BEND AREA — Those who are serving, or have served, in the U.S. military will be honored in three separate Veterans Day ceremonies in the Bend Area.
The first will be Thursday at 1:45 p.m. at New Haven Elementary School. The second will be Friday, 9:30 a.m., at Wahama High School, and the final one will be held in New Haven on Sunday at 6 p.m. Veterans are urged to attend all three, with first responders and police officers also invited to the Wahama service.
The New Haven Elementary School Chorus, made up of fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students, will sing in tribute to our nation’s veterans on Thursday afternoon, according to Kimberly Bond, chorus director. She added while there are normally two Veterans Day performances, one in the daytime and one in the evening, due to unexpected circumstances, there will be only the one event this year.
In addition to the musical tribute, Bond said the fifth and sixth graders have researched the branches of the Armed Forces, and some will inform the audience of their findings.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
Dave Sigman of the Smith-Capehart American Legion Post 140 of New Haven said that organization, as well as members from the Stewart-Johnson V.F.W. Post 9926 of Mason, will demonstrate the raising and folding of the American Flag earlier in the afternoon to fourth graders. They will learn proper flag etiquette and receive an educational booklet, published by the American Legion.
The Friday morning Wahama High School program will not only honor veterans, but also police officers and first responders. It is being organized by members of the National Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, according to Adrian Rutherford, advisor.
He said Matt Riffle will serve as guest speaker, and there will also be a series of poems and videos. A reception will be held following the program.
Rho Kappa members are also adopting a soldier through the non-profit organization, “Adopt A U.S. Soldier.” It connects supportive citizens with deployed troops, and the Wahama students will be sending letters and packages regularly to their assigned soldier.
The Town of New Haven, V.F.W. Post 9926, and American Legion Post 140 will join forces once again for the annual public Veterans Day service on Sunday evening. It will be held at the Veterans Memorial on Fifth Street in New Haven, next to the fire station.
While all veterans will be honored at the ceremony, two will receive special recognition. Air Force Veteran George E. Carson and Army Veteran Grayson “Pat” Williamson will be presented American Flags in display cases. Both of New Haven, the two soldiers served during the Korean War era. Their biographies will be read during the service, according to Sigman.
The candlelight event will also include the solemn Prisoner of War/Missing in Action ceremony, as well as a gun salute. The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony and support the U.S. veterans.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.