Northwest Iowa — This Sunday, 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. But this year, since Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, many of the observances will be on other days.
Sheldon High School will hold an assembly to honor our Veterans on Monday, November 12th at 9:45 a.m. in the high school auditorium. Veterans and community members are welcome to attend. American Legion Post #145 will be holding a Veterans Day program at St. Patrick’s Church in Sheldon on Monday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m.
The Osceola County Veterans Day Program will be on Monday, November 12th and will begin at 10:00 a.m., it will be about 40 minutes long and there will be a gun salute outside after the program. Larry Ver Doorn, a veteran from Ashton says all veterans are invited. He says there will be lunch and pictures on the big screen. He says music will be provided by the Sibley/Ocheyedan Band and Chorus.
Orange City veteran Arlyn Kleinwolterink says there will be a program at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City at 9:30 a.m. on Monday the 12th. He says there is also a Sioux County Veterans Open House at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday. He says all vets and their spouses are welcome. It’s free. Hy-Vee will serve a free breakfast to veterans at the event center.
The George Veterans Day program will also be on Monday, November 12th 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 Nicole Lewis. 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 Veteran’s Day program will be on FRIDAY, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Lyon High School Gym. Betty Van Holland says music will be provided by the Central Lyon Band, and the speaker will be veteran Bill Kortemeyer. Then, on SUNDAY — the actual day of Veterans Day, there will be a veterans’ recognition at the Veterans Memorial at West Side Park in Rock Rapids. Taps will follow a gun salute.
Rock Valley’s Veterans Day program will be on Monday, November 12th at 10:30 a.m. at the Rock Valley Elementary. They say the observance is to honor our area veterans and their families. Everyone is invited for the program, which will be in the elementary gym. 100 Years of the American Legion will be celebrated. Veterans and their spouses are invited to stay for a lunch in their honor.