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Veterans Day Observances Planned Across TRIB-Area

Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Cozad Veterans Day Program will be held in the CHS Gym on Friday, November 9th beginning at 10 a.m.
LTC (R) Scott Schmidt, Adjutant, VFW Post #890 will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
The Cozad Honor Guard will present the colors and the CHS Band will play the National Anthem.
Pastor Susan Sukraw, Cozad First Church of the Nazarene, will deliver the Invocation and the Benediction.
Winners of the VFW Post #890 Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Contest will present their essays. First Place Megan Burkholder, Second Place Hailey Wilson and Third Place is Gabriel Estrada.
The CHS Band, CHS Chamber Singers, Bel Canto Choir, the 7th and 8th Grade Choirs and volunteer staff members will combine forces to perform “Salute to America’s Finest.”
Featured Guest Speaker will be Army Specialist Mike Zarate. Zarate’s MOS was 88N Transportation Coordination Management.
Zarate and his wife, Laurie, live in Lexington and have two children, Brianna, a freshman at Lexington High School and Mathew, a 7th grader at Lexington Middle School.
Zarate has taught Science at Lexington High School for 17 years and also serves as the National Honor Society Adviser at LHS.
Zarate was raised in Montville, Connecticut and enlisted in the Army in 1995 at age 24. He received Basic Training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina and became an AIT in Fort Eustis, Virginia. He was trained as a transportation management coordinator, so learned how to move many different kinds of materials from household goods to unloading and loading trains, cargo ships and planes to monitoring and preparing convoys.
Zarate was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas from 1995-1997 and was deployed to Camp Doha, Kuwait in 1997. He was stationed in Camp Long, Wonju, South Korea from 1998-1999.
A new feature at this year’s program will be the presentation of Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Teacher Awards to Kimberly Heimann, 4th Grade Teacher at Cozad Elementary, Patricia Margritz, English Teacher at Cozad Middle School and Kyle Vincent, Social Studies Teacher at Cozad High School. Presenting the awards will be VFW Post #890 Commander Brad Peltier.
Taps will be presented by CHS Band members to end the program.
Other events planned in Cozad to honor Veterans include a brunch and program at Cozad’s Church of Christ on Sunday, November 11th at 10 a.m. for all veterans and their families.
The Cozad Bible Church will be hosting a supper for all veterans and their families at the God Rock Building located at 10th & J Streets on Monday, November 12th at 6 p.m. Patriot’s Pen essays will be presented by Cozad Middle School students following the supper.
In Gothenburg, a Veterans Dinner is planned at the Gothenburg Senior Center on Thursday, November 8th at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend, including veterans and their families. Veterans will be served a free dinner.
A program will follow the dinner, with guest speaker Robert Schwanz.
A Veterans Day Program will be held in the Gothenburg High School Gym at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 9th.
The Gothenburg Color Guard will present the colors and the Varsity Band will play the National Anthem.
Student Council President Max Jinks will welcome those in attendance followed by a vocal selection ‘A Tribute to the Armed Services’ performed by the GHS Choir.
Featured speakers are Mrs. Dee Weaver and Mr. Jim Murphy, LTC (R) NE Army National Guard.
The GHS Choir will perform ‘God Bless America’ and the Dudley Elementary 2nd grade students will distribute Veterans Day cards.
Dr. Michael Teahon, Superintendent will provide concluding remarks and the Varsity Band will play John Philip Sousa’s famous ‘Semper Fideles’ to conclude the program.
Veterans and their families are invited to stay and eat lunch at the school.
The Legion Auxiliary will be hosting a dinner for veterans and their families on Sunday, November 11th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Legion Building.
The Veterans Program at the Eustis-Farnam Public School is scheduled for Monday, November 12th beginning at 9 a.m. in the gym and will feature musical selections from K – 12 music students.
Lexington’s Veterans Day events kick off with a program in the LHS East gym at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9th. All veterans are welcome to attend.
On Sunday, November 11th, the Heartland Military Museum will host a Tribute to Bob Hope Show at 3 p.m. The show is free of charge. On Monday, November 12th a Middle School program will be held with time to be announced.
An 11th Hour Program is scheduled at the Heartland Military Museum at 11 a.m. on November 12th.
A downtown military parade will conclude the Lexington festivities beginning at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 12th.

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