2018-11-07 / News

COMMUNITY EVENTS TO CELEBRATE Veteran's Day

DIANA ROYAL

Many events around the community have been planned to celebrate Veterans Day and to honor and remember those who put their lives on the line for this great country.

The holiday, which is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, falls on a Sunday this year, but local celebrations will begin this Friday.

The Burke County High School Fine Arts Department and JROTC will hold a program in the J.D. Smith Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Nov. 9, with band and choral students performing music from each branch of the armed forces.

The American Legion Post 120 will kick off the following week with its annual program on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. The program will take place at the Post 120, located at 122 South Liberty St., Waynesboro, and the guest speaker will be Maj. Dallas Miller, a retired United States Army and Vietnam vet who will discuss the various wars and the sacrifices that were made for our country.

Edmund Burke Academy will have a program at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the school gymnasium. The program, organized by Phyllis Jenkins, will feature speaker Jerry Lyda, a veteran who works for the nonprofit organization K9 Solutions. This year’s theme is “Lest We Should Forget – So Much Given, So Much Lost.” Special music will be provided by kindergarten, third grade and senior students, and sixth-graders will share essays they wrote about what veterans mean to them. There will also be a tribute to Sen. John McCain. Following the program, a reception honoring veterans and their families will immediately follow in the school’s library.

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