Several local schools, along with American Legion Posts and Pittsburg State University have organized Veterans Day ceremonies. Events honoring veterans will take place throughout the weekend.
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg State University will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at the PSU Veterans Memorial. The event is hosted annually as a civics lesson for local sixth graders, but is also open to the public.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Hutchison, chair of the Department of Military Science, will review the history of Veterans Day, and PSU President Steve Scott will explain what the memorial teaches.
The keynote address will be "Honor All Who Served: A Daughter's Perspective of Veterans Day," given by Laurel AuBuchon Shelton, daughter of the late Brig. Gen. James AuBuchon. Dr. AuBuchon, a longtime PSU administrator, was one of the driving forces behind getting the memorial funded and built, and his memorial service was held there in September. His daughter, a PSU graduate, plans to take up where he left off in ensuring veterans are honored and remembered.
The PSU ROTC will post the colors and will provide a POW/MIA display. Veterans whose families and friends inscribed pavers in their honor will be recognized.
The Pittsburg MultiGenerational Chorus, directed by Susan Laushman, will sing "The National Anthem," and the Pittsburg Community Middle School Choir, directed by Kimberly Arzoian, will sing "Peace Song (with We Shall Overcome)."
The Rev. K.O. NooNoo, pastor of Pittsburg Presbyterian Church, will offer the invocation and benediction.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Robert W. Plaster Center.
Pittsburg American Legion Post No. 64
American Legion Post No. 64 will host its Veterans Day memorial service and meal at 11 a.m Saturday at the Legion Hall. The hall is located at 2815 N. Joplin.
Frontenac High School
Frontenac High School will host a Veterans Day ceremony from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Local veterans are invited to attend the event and be recognized. Frank Layden Elementary students have also been adorning a school hallway with photographs of veterans who graduated from Frontenac High School over the past month. The wall will be on display before and after the Veterans Day assembly.
Northeast High School and Arma American Legion
Northeast Arma and the Lon M. Helm American Legion post are teaming up for a Veterans Day program 10 a.m. Friday at Northeast High School. The program will include speaker John Underwood who is a former NEHS principal, as well as musical performances and a tribute the the American Legion Auxiliary.
Southeast High School
The Southeast school district celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony Thursday. The event included music and honored local veterans who were invited to attend.
Girard High School Band
The Girard High School band will take part in the Veterans Day Parade in Branson, Missouri Saturday.