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James staff, students celebrate local veterans

James staff, students celebrate local veterans

That's part of the reason the school's annual "Veterans assembly" continues to be a hit with staff, students and area vets, according to principal Nancy Melonas.

Everyone was encouraged to recognize and be thankful towards these fearless men and women who have dedicated themselves to serving The United States of America.

The public is invited to join in saying "thank you" to God for our veterans, our freedom, and our country, and ask God to bless those serving now, our leaders, our country and world.

The majority of campus activities are scheduled on Friday, starting at Santa Fe Elementary School, which will conduct a program at 8 a.m. and will include Sgt. Patricia Moore, a decorated U.S. Marine, among the guest speakers.

Pineywoods Community Academy: Dr. Sarah Strinden Elementary will have a program Friday at noon to honor veterans. Prior to the start of the assembly, veterans visited students in the classrooms for a quick Q&A session before heading to the gymnasium to be honored. They were greeted by patriotic songs and poems. For information, call Larry Kanfer at 217-398-2000. It is held on Veterans Day, and free hot dogs are offered to veterans and troops. Brown County Veteran Services Officer Greg Peterson will be the keynote speaker. There was a Veterans Day Program at Sheldon Christian School on Wednesday at the Sheldon Christian School Gym.

That will be followed at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Veterans Day Parade.

Van Dalsen and Conley posed for a photograph in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall, which is inscribed with names of residents who served in conflicts from the French and Indian War to the present day. Members of the William R. Witty American Legion Post will participate.

Activities are open to all veterans and active duty personnel.

The children wore knit hats, mittens and winter jackets as they joined veterans and military personnel in dress uniform at an outdoor ceremony Thursday morning, two days before the actual November 11 federal holiday.