To Honor those who served

Ceremonies, observances set to mark Veterans Day

What began as the remembrance of the armistice that ended World War I will be marked again Saturday as Veterans’ Day.

Observances are scheduled at schools, churches and other facilities to honor men and women who have served in the Armed Forces.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District will hold a Veterans Day Program Friday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. in the high school gymnasium. The High School Band and Chorus will perform a few selections for this event, which will also include speeches and poetry readings from high school students.

Guest speaker for the program is retired United States Air Force Major Matthew Waage.

Waage graduated in 1995 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., with a bachelor of science in logistics and marine transportation. Upon graduation he was commissioned as an ensign in the United States Naval Reserve.

In June 1996 he cross commissioned into the United States Air Force and joined the 128th Air Refueling Wing. After graduation from pilot training, Waage went on to graduate from SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance And Escape) School and CCTS (Crew Combat Training) School where he learned to fly his combat aircraft, the KC-135 Stratotanker.

Review file photos Review file photos He has been deployed numerous times, including to Spain, Germany, Guam and the Middle East. His last deployment was in 2015 flying combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq.

Waage retired from military service in 2016 after 21 years.

The school district would like to invite the community to attend and share in this event honoring all who have served or are currently serving.

The day will be marked at several Plymouth schools Friday, Nov. 10.

Plymouth High School will have a program honoring Vietnam veterans from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in the auditorium at the school, 125 Highland Ave.

Members of the World’s Cheese Center Veterans of Foreign War Post 5612 will conduct the ceremonies in the Acuity Auditorium.

The program will feature the PHS band and chorus and a short oral presentation by the Advanced Speech class.

Family members and veterans are invited to join Parkview Elementary School, 500 Parkview Drive, for a short program honoring veterans at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in the school gym. Students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue for the program, which will be presented by some of the school’s fourth-graders.

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post 243 will mark Veterans Day Friday with several programs. They will begin at Riverview Middle School at 10 a.m., followed by an assembly at Horizon Elementary School at 11 a.m. Both ceremonies will include the playing of Taps and a rifle volley by the post’s ceremonial unit.

The post will also conduct a ceremony, with the assistance of the Greenbush American Legion Post, at Rocky Knoll at 1:30 p.m. honoring veteran residents of the facilities.

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