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November 10, 2013

Ceremonies, programs to honor military men and women

Corsicana — The service of military men and women will be recognized Monday, Veteran’s Day, in a variety of events throughout the county, including an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Navarro County Courthouse.

Many of Monday’s events are at 11 a.m., in recognition of the history of the holiday — Armistice Day, the day World War I fighting ceased at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Retired Lt. Col. Monte Mackey will speak at the county’s ceremony on the courthouse lawn. Mackey retired from the Air Force in 2010 and has been teaching Senior Aerospace Science at Corsicana High School since then. Also scheduled to participate are Billy Richards, veterans service officer; the Rev. Rick Lamb; Jackie Farmer; and Zanada Schoppert. The Sheriff’s Honor Guard will present colors and fire a 21-gun salute.

Navarro College will also honor veterans at 11 a.m. Monday with a ceremony in the Cook Center, according to Julie Pardee, the college’s veteran’s representative.

Retired Marine Corps Officer Dr. Mark Haney will be the principle speaker at that event, while Victoria McDonald, Navy veteran, will read a poem. There will be special music, as well as color presentation by the Corsicana High School ROTC Color Guard.

“We’ll have some refreshments. It’ll be a nicer setting and better acoustics,” Pardee explained. “I hope we get a lot of people from the community to come, veterans and their dependents.”

In years past, the Dawson Garden Club has honored veterans with a meal and short ceremony, but this year they’re turning it over to the Dawson High School Honor Society.

The Dawson event will start at 10:45 a.m. in the high school gym. More than 100 personal invitations were sent out to local veterans, and three nursing homes from Corsicana will be bringing in residents for the event, according to Leigh White, Dawson National Honor Society sponsor and teacher.

“Tyler Green, who graduated from Dawson three years ago and he just got out of the service last month, will be our main speaker,” White said. “We’re very excited because our kids still know him. He’ll be able to relate to our students, and he’s a fabulous speaker.”

Other local schools marking the occasion are Drane Elementary, which will host a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday; Carroll Elementary will have the Third Grade Veteran’s Day program at 6 p.m. Monday night at Carroll; Carroll will also have a mini-parade that morning at 10 a.m.; and Blooming Grove Elementary, which will have a 2 p.m. program with patriotic music, and TAPS.

“We’ll recognize all the veterans here, and the kids will have a song they sing, one stanza of each service branch’s hymn. While they sing we ask the veterans of that branch to stand,” explained Blooming Grove Elementary Principal David Brewer. “We just want to thank them for their service and to say we haven’t forgotten what you did to protect our freedoms.”

This is the 14th year Blooming Grove Elementary has hosted a veteran’s day event.

Frost fifth-grade students will host a Veteran’s Day program at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Frost Performing Arts Center. The children will sing and MeeMaw’s Misfits will perform to a special patriotic dance medley. They’ve sent out 70 invitations to local veterans. The service men and women will have their photos taken, and will each receive a small gift in the form of red, white and blue dogtags. The families of the veterans will also be recognized, explained Tamera Montgomery, Frost fine arts teacher. This will be the eight year the program has been presented by the fifth grade class.

“We just teach the audience a little bit about Veteran’s Day,” Montgomery explained. “It’s kind of a tradition for the fifth grade to do the program.”

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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