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Three Veterans Day observances scheduled

Nov 07, 2017

Three Veterans Day observances are planned in Henry County this week.

In addition to the annual county program Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Hall, 300 W. Monroe St., Mt. Pleasant, two school districts will have assembly programs on Friday, Nov. 10. Winfield-Mt. Union’s event will be at 9 a.m. in the big gym. All local veterans and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Light refreshments will be served in the cafeteria following the ceremony. Questions should be directed to Lindsey Pogmoe, 319-257-7700, Ext. 127.

New London Schools’ program will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the high school gymnasium. The general public and especially veterans and their families are invited to attend.

The Avenue of Flags has released its schedule for Saturday’s observance. Dean King, Avenue of Flags chairman and Honor Guard commander, will be the master of ceremonies for the event which begins at 10:30 a.m.

There are no designated speakers for the event but all commanders or their representatives of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and AMVETS posts located throughout the county are invited to speak for two minutes. Those speaking should make themselves known at the podium before 10:30 a.m.

The Rev. Bryan Katchay, pastor of the Congregational Church in Mt. Pleasant, will deliver the invocation and benediction.

Under the direction of Marlene DePriest, the national anthem will be sung by a choral group from Mt. Pleasant Community High School. The group also will sing another patriotic selection.

At approximately 11 a.m., the Henry County Honor Guard will fire three volleys in honor of all veterans and Taps will be played.

The Veterans Day observance in Mt. Pleasant is open to the public.

Ten names have been added to the Henry County Memorial stones since Memorial Day. Family members of the veterans added will be in attendance Saturday and recognized. This brings the total names listed on the memorial to 1,369.

Names added include: M. Jack Daniels, United States Army; Claude F. Rhum, United States Army; Kenneth William Hesser, United States Marine Corps; Joseph T. Messer, United States Navy; Richard E. Palm, United States Navy; Robert Eugene Conn, United States Army; Eugene H. Thornburg, United States Air Force; Kenneth I Tolander, United States Navy; Raymond G. Scarff, United States Army; and James Franklin Pickle, United States Navy.

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