Busy slate scheduled for Veterans Day in Craig
Moffat County High School teacher Deborah Roberts said last year’s Veterans Day program at MCHS was such a success, the decision to repeat it this year was easy.
“The veterans love this,” she said. “It gives them a place to go for a formal ceremony.”
Veterans and their families will be honored Thursday in Craig.
Separate events at MCHS, American Northwest Realty and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 will celebrate Veterans Day with ceremonies, music and food.
At MCHS, Roberts has organized a school-wide assembly that begins at 8 a.m. in the auditorium. Twenty to 30 local veterans are anticipated to attend.
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The high school band and choir will perform songs, and several VFW members will make presentations on the history of Veterans Day, flag folding and more.
MCHS choir teacher Heather Dahlberg said she has planned a special number for the veterans: the Center Stage Choir will perform “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” in patriotic costumes.
“It’s just for fun,” Dahlberg said. “I think of the Andrews Sisters, I think of the effect they had on the guys, the troops back then. I think if we have a gentleman of that age, from World War II, this performance will bring back fond memories.”
MCHS music director John Bolton said his students have been practicing for the event.
“The wind ensemble is going to be performing a collage of Armed Forces tunes,” he said. “We’ve got a great new arrangement this year, and it sounds pretty good. We’ve got tunes from all the (service) branches.”
At 11 a.m. the assembly will move to the football field for a flag ceremony, weather permitting. An MCHS student will play taps at 11:11 a.m.
Roberts said that the formal school assembly builds on an informal tradition.
“In the past, the veterans would come up here to our flagpole during lunch break and do the flag raising and gun salute, and the public would come and stand, and the kids would crowd in,” she said. “It was never very formal, so we decided that we wanted to do a veterans presentation last year.”
The public is welcome for the outdoor portion of the MCHS event.
Along with the Veteran’s Day event, the MCHS student council is leading a push to collect sundries and used cell phones for active-duty soldiers, said Delaine Brown, MCHS registrar and student council advisor.
Brown said donations are accepted at City Market, Walgreens, and the VFW through Nov. 29.
Students throughout the district will be writing letters to soldiers that will be included with the donated goods when they’re shipped overseas.
English teacher David Gaines said it’s a worthy exercise.
“It’s great,” Gaines said. “We’re going to get over 600 letters out there.”
Gaines said he surveyed his 120 students, and 90 percent of them have family or loved ones who have been in the service or are currently serving.
“They generally respect the men and women out there, so it’s just a way for them to directly express that sentiment and send it to a soldier,” he said.
Roberts said the assembly will also honor current students who have enlisted in the military.
“We usually have quite a few,” she said.
Roberts said there had been some discussion among faculty as to whether the event glorifies warfare.
“Within the staff, we all have our personal feelings about that,” she said.
During the planning for this year’s event, Roberts said someone suggested adding a recruiter to the list of speakers.
“There were quite a few staff members who said, ‘No way are we going to use this as a recruiting forum,’” she said. “I understand that completely.”
From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, American Northwest Realty is hosting its third annual luncheon for veterans at 105 E. Victory Way.
Broker Associate Yvonne McAnally said the “stew dinner” is free to veterans and their families.
Then, at 6 p.m., the VFW will host a free meal for veterans and their families at the post, 419 E. Victory Way. Hamburgers, bratwurst, potato salad and beans will be served.
On Saturday, Veterans Day activities continue from 1 to 5 p.m. at Thunder Rolls Bowling Center, 990 Industrial Avenue.
The event features free bowling for veterans.
At 3 p.m., the bowling center will have a flag dedication ceremony and draw raffle winners.
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