Veterans Day celebrated around the county
Communities support veterans
Ennis Honoring Madison Valley Veterans and Community Service Hero
Five local veterans were presented with Valor Quilts made by members of the Piecemakers of the Madison Quilt Guild and presented by Kris Williams & Daniel Olkowski, Sargent, Major (retired) on Nov. 11, 2021. In addition, Briana Nelson was presented with the first Honor Quilt, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the Community by making wonderful meals, her kindness and cheerful personality. If you know a veteran who has not received a Valor Quilt, or an individual who you would like to have recognized with an Honor quilt – forms are available at the Ennis Senior Center; or you may obtain one by sending an email to: Piecemakersofthemadison@ gmail.com.
Twin Bridges School
Local veterans from the Twin Bridges area conducted a program that consisted of their individual time served as well as proper flag ceremony. They spoke about how to properly raise the flag and retrieve the flag. They went over how to conduct a half staff flag raising and retrieving. They also performed the folding of the flag while Nick Pettigrew read the symbolism behind the meaning of the thirteen flag folds. Ceremony demanded that "Taps" be played, which was greatly achieved by Jerry Bud Redfield on the trumpet. The program ended with the choir singing a piece prepared especially for the day of celebration and the veterans stayed afterwards to answer any questions students had for them. Twin Bridges was fortunate enough to have two Veterans Programs; one in the morning for the elementary and another in the afternoon for middle school and high school. In between the programs, the veterans were able to eat lunch with students in the cafeteria.
Twin Bridges Senior Center
The Senior Citizens group in Twin Bridges, honored all veterans on Veterans Day. Dinner was enjoyed, as were patriotic songs sung by John Anderson and Steve Wilcox and the group. Local members of the Quilt of Valor Foundation and Patchwork Pals Quilt Guild presented quilts they had hand made to four local veterans; Cord Thurston, Larry Dorseth, Keith Brown, and Lewis Wendt's widow, Lela. The presentation ended with singing "God Bless the USA."
“On Veteran's Day the Alder School students discussed the history of Veteran's Day, and the many divisions of the Armed Forces. Our students watched a documentary about Veterans Day,” said head teacher Teresa Murdoch.
Sheridan Schools honored Veterans by having a K-12 flag ceremony last Thursday
Harrison Harrison School District Veterans Day Program
Harrison School had its annual Veterans Day Program. It was put on by Harrison’s own Mrs. Ehlers. Mrs.Ehlers is Harrsion’s Junior High, Elementary Band and Elementary Music teacher. She has worked with the National Honors Society to create a memorable program to honor veterans for a number of years. Each year they put on an amazing program for the community. We were delighted with music including The Star-Spangled Banner sung by Judi Ward, When Johnny Comes Marching Home performed by Jaedyn Schaak on the flute and Landon Moses on the drums, and the elementary choir singing America, Grand Old Flag, and How Do You Tell A Veteran Thank You. Our National Honor Society provided a brief history of this holiday. They explained the importance and meaning of poppies which represent the sacrifice made by soldiers while protecting our freedoms. The National Honors Society also performed the white table ceremony to honor the men and women who have served in the armed forces. This ceremony has been a tradition since the end of the Vietnam war. The National Honors Society recognized the heroes in attendance. This year fourteen heroes who served our country were recognized. They served in different branches of the armed forces including the navy, marine corps, army, and the air force. Once again, thank you to all who have served to protect our country.