Northwest Iowa — This Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day in the United States — a day set aside to give honor and thanks to the brave men and women who have proudly served in our nation’s armed forces.
The observance started out as Armistice Day, to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France.
Several communities are honoring our veterans in some special ways. Some of the events are actually on Veterans Day — Saturday — and some are on other days.
Sheldon Saint Patrick Elementary School and the Sheldon American Legion Post 145 will present the Sheldon Veterans Day program on Friday morning, November 10th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sheldon.
The veterans day program in Sibley will be on Friday, November 10th at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.
The Orange City American Legion is doing a supper on Thursday night, November 9th. Registration is closed, but they are planning on 110 veterans, according to American Legion Pressman Kosters Post 329 Commander Arlyn Kleinwolterink. He says all veterans are invited to a countywide veterans appreciation breakfast at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10th. He says it’s catered by Hy-Vee and all vets are welcome. Kleinwolterink says their legion post will also be providing a color guard on Friday night, November 10th at a Northwestern College Symphonic Band Concert celebrating America and veterans. It’s at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City. The event is free and open to the public. He says there will be a Veterans Day observance at the MOC/Floyd Valley Middle School in Alton on Friday morning, November 10th at 10:15 a.m. He says the ringing of the bell will be at 11 a.m. — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
The George Veterans Day program will also be on Friday, November 10th at the George-Little Rock High School Gym at 10:00 a.m., according to Clarence Stubbe of the American Legion. Patriotic music will be played by the George Little Rock High School Band, under the direction of Mark Swartz. The colors will be posted by Jack Sauter Post 404 American Legion of George. They’ll do the Pledge of Allegiance. The band will play the National Anthem. The George-Little Rock High School Chorus will perform under the direction of Tim Mauldin. Several individuals will also present musical numbers. “Taps” will be played by Harris Kaster.
The Rock Rapids Veterans Day Program will be on Friday, November 10th at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Lyon High School. George Schneidermann will be the speaker. Then on Veterans Day — Saturday, November 11th — they will have the official Veterans Day recognition at 10:45 a.m. @ West Side Park. There will be a 21-gun salute & “Taps” will be played.
Two of the programs have happened already. There was a Veterans Day Program at Sheldon Christian School on Wednesday at the Sheldon Christian School Gym. Students performed music for the veterans. Speaker Terry Kooima, who is a veteran shared some of his military experiences.
At Rock Valley Elementary, their program was on Thursday. Vets were invited to stay for school lunch. They focused this year on lessons about the history of the flag. The Star Spangled Banner was played and the 185th Air Refueling Wing from Sioux City presented a program called “The White Table.” Students provided music and choral reading.