Peninsula School Honors Veterans at Take a Veteran to School Day Event

Students at St. Mark Catholic School had a special type of show and tell Thursday in honor of Veterans Day

The event also aimed to educate the students a little by featuring guest speaker Amy McCarthy, who has served in the United States Air Force for almost 30 years.

This week the center hosted a variety of events leading up to Veterans Day. The central theme of the program will be an opportunity to say "thank you" to those who have served.

McCarthy gave a brief presentation on what is a veteran, the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day and what it's like to be a veteran.

Students at Spring Mills Middle School wave flags during the school's "Veteran's Assembly". The ceremony includes the posting of colors by the University of Illinois ROTC; singing of the national anthem; a welcome by Parkland College President Tom Ramage; and the presentation of campus veterans/order of service by Tim Wendt, Parkland's director of enrollment services. Refreshments and an art show in the high school commons will immediately follow the program.

The formal Veterans Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Tom Walsh Chapel at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. Free chili after the program at Jewell Whyte Post 728 and at American Legion Post 210.

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After the breakfast, the veterans were invited to a ceremony in the school's auditorium. Immediately following the service, the public is invited to a special luncheon at the VFW Post 1075 in Harrison (across from the Dairy Queen).

"It brings awareness to the community and people who drive by our school every day that we want to honor the veterans that are here and everywhere really", says Katy Heller, a teacher at Chenango Bridge Elementary.

Pineywoods Community Academy: Dr. Sarah Strinden Elementary will have a program Friday at noon to honor veterans. There will be local speakers, Harrison High School alumni veterans and music by the Harrison High/Middle School Band. Refreshments will be served after the program.

"It's all about freedom and freedom in our country today", Navy Veteran Jerry Notaro said.

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