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Local schools prepare for Veterans Day

Though Veterans Day is actually tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 11, students at Richmond Middle School will be welcoming local veterans today.
A special assembly will be this morning, honoring local veterans. The program features music, speakers and student essays. Afterwards, veterans were invited to stay for lunch.
On Tuesday, veterans may enjoy a biscuits and gravy breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Ray County Veterans Community Memorial Building, located at 312 Clark Street in Richmond. The breakfast will be prepared and served by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Stet School has a special day planned, beginning with the Stet Fire Department leading the Pledge of Allegiance at 10 a.m. The elementary classes will sing, and the band and girls chorus will perform. Retired Colonel Tom Challender, Stet superintendent, will be the speaker. The veterans will be introduced and, as honored guests, will be invited to stay for lunch.
Polo Elementary enjoys an annual visit from several veterans who set aside time each year to visit the school for breakfast with the students, and then go to each classroom where they share stories from their time in the service. They explain what it means to be a veteran and answer student questions too. They depart around 11:30 a.m. After lunch, history teacher Chris Gagnon reads a short message titled, “What it Means to be a Patriot.”
At 11 a.m., the Richmond High School Marching Spartan Band and fifth graders from Sunrise Elementary will participate in the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Ray County Courthouse. Rep. Bob Nance will speak to those gathered to honor our active military members and veterans. The Veterans Color Guard will also participate in this program. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. As inclement weather is expected, please dress accordingly.
Orrick High School invites local veterans to join them for lunch anytime from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., they have scheduled a veteran’s program in which the band and choir will perform. Several seventh and eighth graders will read the essays they entered in the annual VFW’s Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy contests. Veterans in the audience will be recognized, as will Nathan Claypole, who returned from Iraq in June.
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, veterans have been invited to Richmond High School for lunch. As part of the décor to commemorate the occasion, Robbin Cole’s computer applications class has prepared special wall displays in tribute to the veterans.

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