With Veterans Day quickly approaching, several local schools as well as organizations have planned traditional ceremonies Nov. 11 to pay respect to those who have served our country.
* The Greene County Veterans Council will host its Veterans Day Service at 11 a.m. on the courthouse lawn with retired Col., USAF, Marcus "Red" Oliphant serving as guest speaker. In case of inclement weather, the service will be at the American Legion Post 196 in Bloomfield. Cadets from the Bloomfield NJROTC unit will provide the color guard for the ceremony.
The student cadets will form in front of the school on Spring Street and march to the courthouse for the annual ceremony
* Eastern Greene High School will honor veterans at 9:15 a.m. in the high school gym with guest speaker and local veteran John Bailey.
Other highlights include the band honoring veterans with the playing of the "Armed Services Medley," a student playing "Taps" as well as student readings of poetry and other writings with a Veterans Day topic, explained Kevin Frank, who serves as the EG High School principal.
Parking is available behind the school next to the football field or in the east parking lot -- which runs parallel to State Road 54, he noted.
* Dugger Elementary and Union High School will conduct a Veterans Day program at 2:15 p.m. in the new gym.
"We've got the elementary presenting the program this year. We alternate between the high school and elementary," explained Carrie LaVallie, who serves as the Union music director.
The fifth grade will sing the national anthem and a fourth grader will say the Pledge of Allegiance plus the branch songs will be played while all veterans come forward to receive a token of appreciation, she added. Also look for a video montage to the song of "You are the Ones" plus the reading of poetry in honor of all veterans.
* Eastern Greene Elementary will honor area veterans at 9:30 a.m. in the gym.
* Eastern Greene Middle School will have its convocation at 2:10 p.m. in the middle school gym with a photo presentation, poetry contest and more.
* White River Valley Lyons Elementary will hold its Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. in the gym with guest speaker Dacia Sachtjen -- who is a member of the Army National Guard and will be deployed to Iraq in March.
Sachtjen is currently an elementary education major at Indiana University and a former resident of Greene County.
* White River Valley Worthington Elementary will have its program at 10 a.m. at the school gym with guest speaker Debbie Nolting, a second-grade teacher, who will talk about patriotism.
"All the veterans that come also get a gift of appreciation and will be recognized as well," noted Sue Quakenbush, program coordinator.
* White River Valley Jr./Sr. High School will have its Veterans Day program at 9:15 a.m. in the gym. The program will honor local veteran Harold Strickler.
* Metropolitan School District of Shakamak will host its annual Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. in the high school gym with Sgt. Chris Gresham as guest speaker.
The school will honor all veterans, firefighters, and emergency response personnel.
* Bloomfield School District will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Glover Gym. Please RSVP by calling 384-4550 if you will be attending.
A reception for veterans will follow the program in the Jr./Sr. High School library
* Linton-Stockton Elementary School will honor area veterans at 1:15 p.m. in the gym. Look for two Brownie groups to participate, the choir to sing as well as the student council to perform a skit.
* Linton-Stockton High School will conduct its Veterans Day convocation at 10:30 a.m. in the gym with a reception in the junior high annex for veterans from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The program will include the lighting of the POW-MIA candle, a flag folding presentation, music presented by the junior and senior high choirs as well as "Taps" and the 21 gun salute.
* The North Daviess Student Council will host a Veterans Day breakfast for all veterans and their spouses at 8 a.m. in the high school cafeteria. A program will follow in the high school gym with Tom Noble as the guest speaker.
All ceremonies are open to the public and are on Veterans Day.