Veterans Day events planned throughout Garfield County
Since “the war to end all wars” drew to a close on Nov. 11, 1918, the United States has been involved in more than two dozen conflicts, and Armistice Day has become Veterans Day. Schools and other organizations in the region today will recognize those who fought.
• For the 10th year in a row, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge 2286 hosts Armed Forces Appreciation Night, beginning at 6 p.m. Veterans and the public in general are invited to the event at 51939 Highway 6 in West Glenwood. In addition to beverages and free appetizers, festivities include a flag presentation, music and more.
• Fourth- and fifth-graders at Sopris Elementary School at 1150 Mount Sopris will present an assembly at 1 p.m. Students will present research and information about veterans in their families and will sing patriotic songs. All local veterans are invited to come and be honored.
• Skylark School, a private Christian school in the Mountain View Church building at 2195 County Road 154, will hold a service at 9 a.m. A coffee reception and student observations will immediately follow.
• The American Legion Post 100 hosts its annual Veterans Day Dinner starting at 4 p.m. at 97 N. Third St. The dinner open to the public and free for all past and present veterans, $7 for nonveterans. Spaghetti with bread and salad will be served.
• Crystal River Elementary school students will don red, white and blue for a schoolwide production beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Orchard, 110 Snowmass Drive. Local veterans are invited as each grade sings a song, then the whole school joins together for the finale.
• Not content with one performance, Kathryn Senor Elementary third-graders will hold a 3 p.m. assembly as well as a 7 p.m. event. All local veterans are invited to come and be honored as students sing patriotic songs and present history and information about veterans in their families.
• Riverside Middle School, 215 Alder Ave., starts bright and early at 8:15 a.m. with a guest speaker, musical specials and a slide show. Veterans are invited to attend the assembly and a small reception after.
• The Rifle High School Student Council presents a schoolwide assembly from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at 1350 Prefontaine Ave. The event includes a speech from a veteran staff member, statements from student leaders and a joint performance of the school band and choir. To RSVP for the veterans lunch at 11:15, call 665-772.
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