Veterans Day programs scheduled this week

Veterans Day falls on Nov. 11 every year.

In Jackson County this year, though, veterans are being saluted all week long.

A variety of programs are planned by local schools and organizations, many being open to the public to attend.

It starts today when Cortland Elementary School hosts a Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. It’s open to the public.

On Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., fifth-graders are honoring veterans and performing during a program at Margaret R. Brown Elementary School in Seymour. Principal Tony Hack said it’s for invited guests only since the school has limited space.

Emerson Elementary School will have its annual Veterans Day program at 1:15 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Seymour.

The remaining programs and events are on Friday, which is Veterans Day.

The Seymour Middle School Sixth Grade Center is coordinating with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925 for the annual program at the veterans memorial at Gaiser Park in Seymour, which is a block from the school. It will start at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson and Seymour Police Officer Jeremy Helmsing will be the guest speakers, and Post 1925’s honor guard will participate.

Members of the honor guard also will be part of the Veterans Day programs at the Jackson County Courthouse in Brownstown and American Legion Post 89 in Seymour, which both start at 11 a.m. The public is welcome to attend both programs.

Veterans are invited to a free Veterans Day breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Medora Community Schools. The event is being organized by the school’s FFA chapter.

“All veterans are welcome as we show our appreciation for your service,” the school said in a post on its Facebook page.

Brownstown Central High School will have a Veterans Day program at 9:15 a.m. Friday. It’s only open to the school’s students and staff, Principal Joe Sheffer said.

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, music teacher Carolyn Jones and fifth-graders at Seymour-Redding Elementary School will present a Veterans Day program. It’s open to parents and other family members of the students putting on the production, Principal Aaron Floyd said.

Trinity Lutheran High School will host its annual Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. Friday in the Bollinger Athletic Complex at the Seymour school. This event is open to the public, including veterans, their families and friends. A reception for veterans will be hosted by the student council after the program.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, veterans can stop by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1083, 105 W. Main St., Crothersville, for a free meal. They will have choice of fish sandwich, three-piece fish, a hamburger or a cheeseburger with french fries and a soft drink.

The Crothersville History Club will present a Veterans Day program at 1:10 p.m. Friday at the school, honoring those who have served and currently are serving. The program will feature performances from the elementary and junior-senior high schools. Guests should enter through the main office doors.

Principal Greg Prange said Seymour High School will have a remembrance via the PA and recognize staff members who are veterans and students who have enlisted and will enter the armed forces after graduation.