Veterans to be comemmorated across county

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Each year, communities pay tribute to local veterans who have sacrificed much to serve the country.

Members of the Evart VFW Post No. 7979 will host the annual Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Guyton Park in downtown Evart. Following the event, post members will welcome the public to enjoy doughnuts and coffee at the post.

In Reed City, the VFW Post No. 2964 will host its annual Veterans Day Dinner, which will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Veterans Day. The dinner will consist of pork roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, desserts and more. The cost is $7 for the public and free for veterans.

Local school districts also will celebrate the holiday in their own way with assemblies, programs and fundraisers that will benefit veterans.

In Evart, following the ceremony downtown, members of the VFW Post No. 7979 will visit Evart High School for a flag folding ceremony. The event is geared to teach the students about what each fold represents. Post Commander David Brickey said he looks forward to teaching young people about the American symbol and helping them appreciate their country.

"We're trying to teach the kids what the flag means," he added. "There's more to it than just the stars and the stripes."

Over in the Reed City Area School District, staff will participate in the 2014 “Jeans For Troops” fundraising drive, benefiting the GI Go Fund, a nonprofit organization that helps veterans return home, find employment, go to college, access health care, access financial benefits and find housing. Superintendent Tim Webster will give his employees the opportunity to wear jeans to work in exchange for a $5 donation.

RCAPS' GT Norman Elementary School will host an assembly the morning of the holiday, as will all of the students within Pine River Area Schools.