Veterans Day will be on Monday, Nov. 11 this year, and local organizations have come together to organize events recognizing those who served in the military.
Weather permitting, The Avenue of Flags will be displayed at the Gage County Courthouse and Veterans Memorial Park throughout the day.
Beatrice Middle School is having a veterans ceremony ceremony at 8 a.m. Then at 10 a.m., a Veterans Day program will be held in the Hevelone Center for Performing Arts at Beatrice High School.
The program is sponsored by local Veterans Organizations, the Gage County Veterans Service Office and Beatrice High School.
BHS principal Jason Sutter said the event has been held in the Hevelone for over 20 years, and that the students have gotten more involved in the program in the last several years.
“It’s quite a touching event,” Sutter said.
After the ceremony, the BHS student council organized an open house with coffee, cookies and thank you notes to the veterans from the students.
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As with last year, the Homestead Leathernecks Detachment 1430 arranged a free shuttle service to and from the program.
Jerry Lamkin, Commander of the American Legion Post 27, said the shuttle helps the veterans not have to look for parking at the high school or walk long distances.
The buses will arrive at the Veterans Club, 701 Dorsey, at 9 a.m., and leave for the high school at 9:30 a.m.
“Barring bad weather, the American Legion Riders are going to escort the buses out to the high school, like they did last year,” Lamkin said. “Last year was extremely cold for those men and women, but they did so to honor the veterans.”
Following the program, the buses will return to the Veterans Club. Lamkin said the American Legion Auxiliary is holding a luncheon, and that the veterans are welcome to attend.
Then that evening from 5-9 p.m., the Legends of Nebraska, inside the Indian Creek Mall are offering a complimentary fried chicken dinner to any active duty, reserve or retired military personnel in uniform or with a valid military ID.
“It makes you proud that part of the community recognizes the sacrifices of the men and women that have served this country,” Lamkin said.