Central Middle School will be hosting a Veteran's Day program on Friday, Nov. 9 and they are hoping area veterans will take part in the festivities.
In fact everyone is invited to attend the very special event.
They are asking any area vets to come and be recognized in their special Salute to Veterans planned for 9 a.m. in the CMS gymnasium. Eighth grade English teacher, Sheri Olson, is in charge of organizing the event and she says it is going to be very special this year as they have added to the program.
Last year’s was their first event of this kind and it was so well received they decided to make it an annual gift to the community.
Olson coordinates the Patriot’s Pen essay contest which is offered each year by the VFW. She says two students will be reading their award-winning essays on Friday.
There will be music provided by the schools choirs, band and orchestra. The National Guard will be presenting a special flag folding ceremony.
The gymnasium will be lined with certificates each with the name of a CMS student and the veteran or veterans in their families.
This year they have added a slide show set to music using the photographs of the veterans the students wanted to honor. Olson said it is a very moving presentation because it has both the photo of the vet and a photo of the CMS student holding their veterans’ photo.
The featured speaker for the event will be Milo Elgin, one of the last surviving soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge, December 1944.
Then on Saturday the city’s official Veterans Day program will be held in the Memorial Building. That will take place at 11 a.m. and will include the Devils Lake Elks Community Band with director Glenn Rygg and the Just for Kix dancers performing to America the Beautiful.
Emery Fisher will serve as master of ceremonies..
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will do the special flag presentation as the Elks Band plays the Armed Forces Salute.
The Veterans Day address will be delivered by the Honorable Lee Christofferson Northeast District Court Judge.
Lunch will be served following the program at the VFW Club and a supper for veterans served in the evening starting at 6 p.m. sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 756.