Veterans Day observance schedule
Henry County’s Veterans Day observance will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Hall, 300 W. Monroe St., according to the Avenue of Flags Committee, which hosts the event.
Dean King, Avenue of Flags chairman and honor guard commander, will serve as master of ceremonies.
The Rev. Brian Shepley, priest of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Mt. Pleasant, will give the invocation and benediction.
A choral group from Mt. Pleasant Community High School, under the direction of Marlene DePriest, will sing the National Anthem and another patriotic selection.
All commanders or their representatives from county Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and AMVETS posts, are invited to speak for two minutes. Those speaking should make themselves known to the podium before 10:30 a.m.
The Henry County Honor Guard will fire three volleys in honor of all veterans at approximately 11 a.m., and taps will be played.
Henry County’s Veterans Day observance is a public event and open to anyone who wishes to attend and offer tribute to veterans.
There were eight names added to the Henry County Memorial stones (to the immediate west of the courthouse) this Veterans Day. The names include the following:
Lloyd E. Harris, United States Army; Kenneth W. Hatch, United States Marine Corps; John Richard Hawks, United States Army; Loren D. Parks, United States Air Force; Luther J. French, United States Army; Danny L. Sempf, United States Army; Harry M. Readinger, United States Army; and John W. Roche, United States Navy.
The names and respective family members present will be acknowledged during the ceremony.
With the addition of the eight names, the memorial now includes 1,346 names.