Those who have served our country in military service will be celebrated on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
Hamilton, Victor, Lone Rock, Darby and Florence schools will host school assemblies, Corvallis will have a parade at 11 a.m., and the Ravalli County Museum will have a Veterans Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. The Stevensville School District’s all school assembly will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Lone Rock School is inviting all veterans to attend its Veterans Day breakfast and Armistice observance on Nov. 11. Breakfast will be provided in the cafeteria by the highly regarded Lone Rock kitchen staff and volunteers.
Come for coffee at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast 7:45 to 8:15 a.m., The Veterans Day Assembly will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the new gym and will feature an Armistice observance at 9 a.m., speakers, recognition of veterans, taps and music performances by the Lone Rock School band and choir students.
“We usually have a very wonderful turnout of veterans and community members and active duty military personnel,” said Scott Stigler, Superintendent. “Our band and music program have done a wonderful job with performances during the assembly. This year we expect at least two WWII veterans as well.”
Hamilton School District will host an assembly to thank veterans for their service at 9:30 a.m. on Monday in the school gym.
“Veterans, their families and other community members who would like to celebrate are invited as well,” said Ryan Wells, HHS Principal. “Daly staff spearheaded this celebration years ago, and it has morphed into a district wide celebration.”
The event will have the HHS Band, HHS and HMS Choirs, Marine Corps, a Prisoner of War / Missing in Action Ceremony and a recognition of wars – WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and peacetime.
Students in all grades will participate with songs, sign-language and reading of essays.
United States Coast Guard Roger Laferriere will give the keynote address. Veterans and guests are invited to stay for a reception in the high school commons immediately following the program.
Darby School will host a Veteran’s Day school assembly at 10 a.m.
Victor School will host an all-school assembly beginning at 10:15 a.m., all Veterans are invited. The assembly will begin with The “Star-Spangled Banner” by the Victor Band,
Poppy presentation, “This Land is Your Land” — Fourth Grade; “America, America” — high school choir; the meaning of Veteran's Day by Charlie Bruner, “God Bless America” — middle school choir; and the Pledge of Allegiance will all be part of the celebration.
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Corvallis students and community members will line Main Street with signs and cheer for the Veterans as the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 91 host a Veterans parade at 11 a.m. in Corvallis.
Veterans line up around 10:30 a.m., then at 11 a.m., the parade begins with the Star Spangled Banner and a rifle volley.
"Our 7th grade is also organizing a soup and sandwich luncheon to thank the veterans," said Rich Durgin, Corvallis Middle School Principal. "Any of the veterans who participated in the parade are welcome to attend, and our students have also been encouraged to invite family members or friends who are veterans. The lunch will take place in the CMS Commons starting around 11:20."
The Ravalli County Museum begin their program “A Red, White & Blue Christmas” — an annual Veteran’s Day Observance Ceremony to honor Veterans and the opening of their “Gallery of Trees” event.
The museum’s Veteran program begins at the Doughboy with the laying of the wreaths by Veterans Organizations and Auxiliaries. Following that, there is a program in the Courtroom Gallery.
The Eagles Auxiliary sends cookies to active service men and women, donated every year by various members of the community. A silent auction of Christmas trees, both tradition and patriotic, decorated by local businesses and organizations will open on the same day. They welcome the community to bid on a tree that can be given to a deserving person or for a veteran family currently serving in the military.
Florence Schools will hold an all-district assembly at 2:30 p.m. in the new gym to honor military veterans. Kindergarten through high school students will be attending. The event is open to the public.
Stevensville School will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration Assembly to honor all who have served our nation at 10:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the high school gym.
Keynote speaker will be Chyrle Wohlman, high school librarian and other guest speaker will be Clara Colburn, a SHS student entering the military.
The elementary and high school choirs will sing and the SHS Band will play. The fifth grade choir “Stingers,” directed by Robert Prince, will sing “Thank you, Vets”, the band under the direction of Jeremy Ruff will play “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the “Marches of the Armed Forces,” the high school men’s choir will sing “Tell My Father” directed by Kyla Morton.
All veterans are encouraged to attend and have a place of distinction at the assembly.
All active service men and women as well as the public are invited to attend.
There are many other Veterans Day celebrations and business discounts throughout the Bitterroot Valley.