A number of upcoming events will be held in Highland County in coming days to observe Veterans Day, which this year falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The holiday, formerly known as Armistice Day, commemorates the conflict known as “The Great War,” and “The war to end all wars.” It is observed today to honor veterans of the United States armed services.
Following is a listing of Highland County Veterans Day events and tributes:
Friday, Nov. 2
• 2-6 p.m. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 123 forget-me-not drive at Hillsboro Kroger.
• 5:30 p.m. Highland County Senior Citizens Center veterans program.
• 6:30 p.m. Leesburg Lions club veteran’s dinner.
Saturday, Nov. 3
• 8 a.m. Lynchburg-Clay patriotic 5K run
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. DAV Chapter 123 forget-me-not drive at Hillsboro Kroger.
• 4:30 p.m. VFW Post 9094 fish fry.
Sunday, Nov. 4
• 1 p.m. veteran banner walking tour – starts at Highland House museum parking lot.
Thursday, Nov. 8
• 10 a.m. Hillsboro Christian Academy veteran’s program.
HCA’s Leone Bihl told The Times-Gazette the academy has a long history of supporting veterans.
“Around Veterans Day, we have a chapel service on a Thursday that we dedicate to past and present veterans,” she said. “We’ll have music and our special guest speaker this year is Alex Butler. There is a nice lunch afterwards, veterans are free and it’s only $3 for their guests.”
Friday, Nov. 9
• 6:30 p.m. Hillsboro fifth grade veterans program at Hillsboro Elementary School.
• 9 a.m. Lynchburg-Clay High School veterans program.
Lynchburg-Clay Student Council Advisor Jo-Heather Arnette said the program will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast in the library.
“We’ll go from there at 9 a.m. to the cafeteria, where we’ll have our program that will include the Highland County Honor Guard,” she said.
Arnette said the Lynchburg-Clay breakfast and program is open to anyone, veteran or not.
“We have plenty of room and plenty to eat,” she said, “so come on out and honor our veterans.”
Friday, Nov. 9
• 1:40 p.m. Fairfield high school veterans program.
• 5-7 p.m. Highland County Veterans Service Office appreciation night at Hillsboro Hi-TEC center conference rooms.
Barb Tuttle, the outgoing county veterans service officer, told The Times-Gazette that the event has been held for four or five years.
“We’re holding this event to give our appreciation to all the veterans of Highland County,” Tuttle said.
Tuttle added that there will be a number of vendors and businesses from the surrounding area that will be presenting gifts of appreciation to the veterans as they arrive.
Saturday, Nov. 10
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. American Legion Post 694 member recruiting at Hillsboro and Mt. Orab Kroger.
• 4:30 p.m. DAV Chapter 123 veterans dinner at Hillsboro Ponderosa.
Sunday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day)
• 10 a.m. The Laurels of Hillsboro annual veterans program.
Jo Sanborn, the nursing home administrator, said the facility enjoys showing veterans how much they are appreciated.
“We go out and bring in coffee and donuts, and have special guest speakers to come in and recognize them,” she said. “There will be a flag-raising ceremony, and we’ve had some of the area pastors take part as well as local Boy Scout troops so we can give them the recognition they deserve for all that they’ve done.”
Sunday, Nov. 11
• 11 a.m. Toll the Bells nationwide event to mark the centennial of the end of World War I.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. free combo meal at Little Caesar’s Pizza in Hillsboro for veterans.
• All day free buffet at #1 China Buffet in Hillsboro for veterans.
• 2 p.m. VFW Post 9094 veterans program in banquet hall.
Monday, Nov. 12
• 7:30 a.m. Whiteoak High School veterans program.
• All day free meal at Hillsboro Ponderosa for veterans.
• All day free $5 fill-up for veterans at Hillsboro KFC.
Friday, Nov. 16
• 7:30 p.m. McClain High School presents “MASH” on stage, admission $5.
Loretta Flora, choir and drama director at McClain High School, said the stage production is based on both the film and TV series.
“People that come to see our play will feel right at home seeing characters they remember, like Hawkeye, Trapper John, Col. Henry Blake, Radar and the folks that made up the 4077th,” she said.
Both movie and TV series take place during the Korean War, but Flora said students want to honor all veterans, past and present, whatever part of the world where they served.
Saturday, Nov. 17
• 7:30 p.m. McClain “MASH” performance, veterans admission 50 percent off.
Reach Tim Colliver at 937-402-2571.