Since we live close to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and there is an Air National Guard base in Springfield, Clark County is blessed with more veterans than most U.S. communities.
The highest concentration of veterans usually live close to the base, so it seems particularly fitting that our schools in western Clark County will be honoring veterans with a variety of special Veterans Day events this Wednesday.
A few years ago, we attended the Veterans Day ceremony at Greenon High School. It was lovely and we were impressed by everything they did. It was such a nice morning.
Before we went, my husband a retired naval aviator, said he expected most of the veterans would be from the Air Force. But we were pleasantly surprised to see quite a few other Navy veterans stand with Rusty for “Anchors Aweigh.” There were also quite a few Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard veterans, too. All branches were well-represented.
This year, the Veteran’s Day programs for the Greenon Local School District will be held at Indian Valley Middle School and at Enon Primary School, not at the high school.
Veterans Day festivities will begin in Enon at 8:30 a.m. around the flag pole at Enon Primary School. The students will say the pledge of allegiance and sing during the short ceremony.
“Our students have been busy preparing for the Veterans Day program by making cards for Honor Flight mail calls, collecting Pennies for Veterans to make a donation to Honor Flight and making stars with the name of a veteran they know for our school display,” Principal Darrin Knapke said on the district website.
At 9:30 a.m., Indian Valley will honor veterans in the gym. Since this is the first year that the district’s annual Veterans Day program will be held in this building, students and staff have been working to make it extra special.
Tecumseh High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC will start off the Tecumseh Local School District’s observance of Veterans Day with a flag raising at 8 a.m. at the high school. The group is known for its dignified military drill teams, and I’m sure this ceremony will bring a few tears to our eyes. Afterwards there will be coffee and doughnuts in the student dining area.
At 1 p.m. veterans will be honored by students and staff in the Tecumseh Middle School gymnasium.
Park Layne Elementary will have a Veterans Day ceremony at 1:45 p.m.
And the next morning at 9 .m., Donnelsville Elementary School will honor veterans with a ceremony.
Our community has many veterans of World War II and the Korean War. It is such an honor to meet them. Veterans of all ages attend these events. Some veterans graduated from these schools only a few years ago.
If you are a veteran, or have a family member or friend who is a veteran, I sincerely urge you to make the effort to get to one of these lovely events.
There is one more event that I have to mention this week. Veterans and history lovers alike will love this. On Tuesday, the community is invited to meet a very special veteran, Teddy Roosevelt. The Roosevelt program will be at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Park District’s offices at the Davidson Center, 5638 Lower Valley Pike.
President Teddy Roosevelt will be presented by Larry Marple, a local educator and historian. Marple truly does look like Teddy Roosevelt, and hearing him is a genuine treat. I highly recommend it. Julia Marple will be beside him as Mrs. Roosevelt and will discuss her efforts at historic preservation. Those expecting to attend should call the Clark County Park District at 937-882-6000 to register or go online at www.clarkcountyparks.org.
Have a wonderful Veterans Day.
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