Veterans Day Ceremony

Hannah Miller hugs United States Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Edward Hogue and thanks him for his service following a 2014 Veterans Day ceremony at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. Local events for this year’s holiday will run from Friday to Monday.

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Veterans Day is Saturday, and with schools wanting to pay tribute, thank you ceremonies will span from Friday to Monday.

The formal Veterans Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Tom Walsh Chapel at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville. The event is sponsored annually by the Natrona County United Veterans Council.

Chris Walsh, a Marine Corps veteran, former police chief and Casper city councilman, will serve as master of ceremonies. Col. Stephen M. Kravitsky will speak. He was recently appointed the director of the Wyoming Veterans Commission after serving almost 32 years in the United States Air Force. At the time of his retirement, Kravitsky was commander of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base.

All are welcome to attend to thank the state’s veterans.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, the Casper College Veterans Club will hold a roll call in the foyer of the Casper College Student Union and University of Wyoming at Casper building on campus. The Veterans Day event was created to honor those who are currently serving, have served or have been lost. The event is part of an initiative by Eastern Kentucky University to make Veterans Day on every college campus a time for both reflection and appreciation. The event is free and open to everyone, both those who want to call names or those who just want to be at the event to show support.

At CY Middle School, veterans will be honored at a special program Friday morning. All veterans are welcome and should plan to arrive at the school, 2900 Cyclone Dr., by 8:45 a.m. Refreshments will be served and the program should last around 45 minutes.

The following Natrona County schools have Friday assemblies planned to honor veterans:

Natrona County High School, 8:20 to 8:45 a.m.

Southridge Elementary, 8:45 a.m.

Dean Morgan Junior High School, 1:35 p.m.

Evansville Elementary, (at Evansville Town Hall), 1:45 p.m.

On Monday from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., Sagewood Elementary students will be creating thank you cards for veterans.

The Glenrock community is invited to attend a Veterans Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Glenrock Middle School Auditorium, honoring Glenrock residents who have served in the military.

The Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter and the American Legion and Auxiliary members of Jesse Martin #9 encourage all military veterans from the town to come and be recognized for their service to our country.

The Veterans Day ceremony includes the posting of the flags, guest speakers from the American Legion and Auxiliary, musical selections performed by the middle and high school choir and band, and the introduction of veterans by their branch of military service.

All are welcome to honor these heroes, the American veterans who have served our country to protect our freedoms.

Follow community news editor Sally Ann Shurmur on Twitter @WYOSAS

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Sally Ann Shurmur arrived at the Star-Tribune to cover sports two weeks after graduating from the University of Wyoming and now serves as community news editor. She was raised in Laramie and is a passionate fan of Cowboys football, food and family.

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