Veterans Day plans finalized at MP, Winfield, Lockridge
Plans have been finalized for Veterans Day observances in Mt. Pleasant, Winfield and Lockridge.
The Avenue of Flags will host the Mt. Pleasant observance at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Hall, 300 W. Monroe St.
Dean King, Avenue of Flags chairman and honor guard commander, will serve as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Deborah Stowers, past of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant, will deliver the invocation and benediction.
The national anthem will be sung by a choral group from Mt. Pleasant Community High School.
All commanders or their representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion or AMVETS posts throughout the county are invited to speak for two minutes. Those speaking should make themselves known at the podium before 10:30 a.m.
At approximately 11 a.m., the Henry County Honor Guard will fire three volleys in honor of all veterans. MPCHS band students will play taps.
Names being added to the Veterans Memorial include: John H. Abraham, U.S. Navy; Homer E. Harris, U.S. Army; Raymond L. Griest, U.S. Army-AirForce; Everett W. Hildebrand, U.S. Army-Air Force; James H. Beattie, U.S. Army; Delmar D. Ross, U.S. Army; and Dwayne E. Logan, U.S. Marine Corps. This brings the total of names listed on the memorial to 1,233.
Winfield-Mt. Union’s High School will be hosting a Veterans Day Assembly Nov. 11 in the high school gym at 1:45 p.m. All local veterans are encouraged to attend the assembly and be recognized for their sacrifice to our country.
There will be a speaker who will give a short message on his experiences.
The school is also planning to make a Wall of Heroes in the cafeteria. The wall will be comprised of red, white and blue stars that have heroes names and the conflict they fought in on the star. The hero can be living or deceased. The wall will be on display for the entire week.
Names and conflicts the soldiers fought in should be sent to the Winfield-Mt. Union School. The City of Lockridge will host the first area Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 9.
At 7:45 a.m., the honor guard will meet at the Community Center and march from the Community Center to the cemetery. The raising of the flag at the cemetery and singing of the national anthem is scheduled for 8 a.m.
Following the national anthem, the rifle team will fire a volley of rounds followed by “Taps.”
The ceremony will then return to the Community Center for fellowship, coffee, tea, juice and pastries.
Lockridge’s program will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Community Center.