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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Legion, VFW, CMS to host Veterans Day programs

  • The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be joining together to host a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the National Guard Armory in Chillicothe.
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  • The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be joining together to host a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the National Guard Armory in Chillicothe.
    At 10:45 a.m., members of the Chillicothe High School band will provide patriotic music before the opening. At 11 a.m., the program will open with the entrance of the colors by 1/129th Battery B of the Missouri National Guard. The National Anthem will be sung, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which will be led by Heather Chapman, president of the VFW Auxiliary.
    The invocation will be given by Reverend George Hess, followed by a presentation on Prisoners of War (POWs) by VFW Commander Benny Simpson. President of the American Legion Auxiliary Sue Warren will discuss and honor gold star mothers, or mothers of men and women who died in service.
    Edwin Allender, past commander of the American Legion and present quarter master of the VFW, will narrate a demonstration of the formal ceremonial folding of the flag and explain each fold. Highway Patrol Trooper William George and Missouri Department of Corrections Officer Dennis Gonnerman will perform the folding of the flag. Following this presentation, the program will end with a benediction.
    To honor veterans, Chillicothe Middle School will hold an assembly at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. The assembly will begin with student Faith Robinson singing the National Anthem. The school's baton twirlers will perform a routine to a patriotic song and a patriotic poem will be read by a student. General Larry Warren will speak at the event. Karlene Hart, whose father was a soldier who helped to liberate Dachau Concentration Camp in World War II, will be speaking about the Holocaust and her father's story. Eighth grade social studies teacher Mike Jones will also present.
    The assembly is open to the public, and all veterans are welcome. For more information, contact the school at 660-646-1916.
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