Many Owensboro/Daviess County schools are recognizing veterans this week as special guests to be honored for service to our country. Mayor Ron Payne, U.S. Navy Veteran, spoke at Sorgho Elementary School’s annual Veterans Day program this morning. Southern Oaks started their day with a special flag-folding ceremony and presentation of colors by the Apollo High School JROTC. Here is a list of other Veterans Day services at DCPS and OPS schools.
Tuesday, November 10
Newton Parrish: Program at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. The choir will sing and they will recognize their veterans in attendance.
Estes: Program at 9 a.m. led by student lighthouse team. Alma Randolph will sing the National Anthem.
Burns Middle School: Program begins at 9 a.m. in the Big Gym. Major Brock Peterson from the Owensboro Police Department will be our guest speaker. A brief reception to honor our veterans will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the school library. Those wishing to attend should RSVP to Angel Welsh at the BMS Youth Services Center. 270-852-7400.
Heritage Park High School: Students will lead presentations from 10:15 to 11:25 a.m. in the gymnasium at the Boys and Girls Club, located at 3415 Buckland Square (next to Heritage Park High School). Performances, speeches and a video montage are also planned, and the highlight of the morning will be a message from a U.S. veteran. Family members of students, as well as residents of neighboring Heritage Place, who are veterans are also invited to attend.
East View: Program begins at 1 p.m. Veterans and parents are invited as special guests. Second- and third-grade students will perform “Give a Hand for Leaders.” The students have been making gifts to give to the veterans and have been working very hard on singing and preparing to thank the veterans in our community. All veterans from our community are invited to arrive at noon to enjoy refreshments before the performance.
Meadow Lands: Family members of students who are veterans of the armed forces will be honored during a special program at 1 p.m. A special Veterans Day honorary service with student speakers, choir specials and a honorary guest speaker is planned, followed by a reception for veterans and their families.
Wednesday, November 11
Audubon Elementary: Veterans Day celebration recognizing all branches of military service, starting with a free breakfast for veterans at 6:50 a.m. and a service in the gym at 7:30 a.m. featuring patriotic songs and poems.
Deer Park: Breakfast at 7 a.m., followed by a music program honoring veterans at 8 a.m. The student-led program will feature special music sung by each grade level.
Apollo High School: Veterans Day breakfast at 7:45 a.m., followed by a POW-MIA remembrance ceremony.
Daviess County High School: Veterans Day ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the main gymnasium. The program will include presentation of colors, remarks by Principal Matt Mason, and presentation of flags representing branches of the military. Following remarks by the keynote speaker, the DCHS Navy JROTC will perform the POW-MIA “remembrance table” ceremony, a meaningful and touching ceremony that will remind those in attendance of those whose service to our country resulted in their status as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action.
Daviess County Middle School: Breakfast at 8 a.m. for students’ family members and friends who have served our country. An assembly will begin at 8:30 a.m. with student leaders escorting veterans, introducing guests, singing the national anthem and providing special music. Keynote speaker this year will be Vietnam veteran and Senior Firearms Instructor for the Daviess County Sherriff’s Office, Major General D. Allen Youngman, U.S. Army (Retired).
Foust: Foust singers will sing National Anthem and all will celebrate Veterans Day at the morning assembly in the gym at 7:55 a.m. On Monday-Wednesday a retired OPS Officer will be teaching a flag and flag etiquette class to students from noon to 12:50 in the media center.
Highland: Veterans Day program will begin at 1 p.m. The Archangel Troop will thank HES students for their participation in a community service project. The program will also feature a special guest speaker and a HES soloist singing the National Anthem; and the Highland Choir will perform “A Time to Remember.” The entire student body will join in singing “America the Beautiful.”
Owensboro Middle South: Two programs with one at 10 a.m. and the other at noon at the OMS South gym. There will be fine arts performances and the program will be led by the student lighthouse team.
Owensboro High School: A program at 2 p.m. in the north gym, with drill team, choir will sing National Anthem and Navy Veteran Michael Johnson will speak.
Tamarack: Cake reception for Veterans at 12:45 p.m., followed by a Parade of Heroes and assembly at 1:15 p.m. Tamarack students will lead the assembly and the Singing Stars Choir will perform.
Friday, November 13
Burns Elementary: Veterans Parade through the school halls to begin the celebration at 8 a.m., followed by a presentation in the gymnasium that will feature a performance by the Bobcat Chorus, recognition of Veterans and remarks by a guest speaker. Refreshments will be served for veterans and their families.