BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Although Nov. 11, Veterans Day, is on a Sunday this fall, a number of events are planned across the region in the days leading up to and following the date set aside for honoring military service to our country..
The Keystone College Concerts and Lectures Series will present the 198th Army Concert Band on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Brooks Theatre. The public is invited.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Keystone will conduct its eighth annual Veterans Day program.
Ceremonies will begin at 11:45 a.m. as members of the Keystone community dedicate the college’s new Veterans Day Memorial in front of Harris Hall. The black granite memorial features the logos of the Unites States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as the symbol of soldiers who have served as prisoners of war or are missing in action. Funds for the memorial were raised by members of the Keystone College Armed Forces Club and other members of the Keystone community.
Following the dedication, the annual Veterans Day luncheon for members of the college community and honored guests will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Theatre in Brooks. Speaker for the event will be Rev. Douglas Shepler, senior pastor of the Second Reformed Church of New Brunswick, N.J. Rev. Shepler is also chaplain of RISN House, a student hospitality center at Rutgers University.
The seventh annual Veteran’s Breakfast sponsored by the Sheldon and Sheldon-Kukuchka funeral homes begins on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 a.m. at Triton Hose Company in Tunkhannock. If interested, please RSVP to Black Walnut American Legion (869-9986), or the Wyoming County Veterans Office (996-2258).
Tunkhannock Area High School music department will host its annual Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12, in the high school auditorium, beginning at 9 a.m. A warm welcome is extended to local veterans and their families to participate.
Lackawanna Trail High School will be the host of a Veterans Day program Friday, Nov. 9, beginning at 9:45 a.m. in the auditorium.
The high school Madrigal choir, along with the concert band will present a selection of patriotic music including the National Anthem and Blades of Grass.
Local veterans and local boy scouts will post the colors for the ceremony.
Scouts from the Factoryville Boy Scout Troop 175 will also lead the Pledge of Allegiance and demonstrate proper folding of the flag.
The event is open to the public.
At Elk Lake Elementary School, there will be Veterans’ Day programs from 9 to 9:40 a.m for kindergarten through third grade, and from 10 to 10:40 a.m. for fourth through sixth grades.
There will also be a moment of silence at 11 a.m.
The programs will feature patriotic music and local veterans sharing their experiences. The second program will also be capped off with the awarding of the top three prizes for an essay contest available to sixth graders.