Veterans Day is Monday and schools, civic organizations and local governments are planning events around that date to honor local veterans.
The Signal Knob Middle School FFA chapter will hold a Veterans Day breakfast starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at the school.The event will feature a slideshow presentation, keynote guest speaker, speakers from Virginia FFA, patriotic music and a ceremony by FFA chapter officers. Reservations are requested by calling Jaclyn Ryan at 540-465-6835 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Legion Muhlenberg Post 199 in Woodstock and VFW Massanutten Post 2447 in Edinburg will hold a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. Monday at 411 S. Muhlenberg St., Woodstock.
A luncheon will follow the ceremony at the Woodstock Post and Edinburg Post at 100 Veterans Way. Information: 540-459-2241.
Giles B. Cook American Legion Post 53 will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon Monday on the Warren County Courthouse lawn to honor people from the town and county who served in the U.S. military. The ceremony will include patriotic music from the Warren County and Skyline high school bands and Randolph-Macon Academy. Representatives from Elks, Moose and VFW lodges along with local government officials and community groups will be present. Wreaths will be laid at the war memorials to honor the veterans from the different war eras. A light lunch will follow at the post home, 22 W. 8th St., Front Royal.
• American Legion Conrad-Hoover Post 21 will hold a flag dedication at 11 a.m. Saturday at 1730 Berryville Pike, Winchester. The dedication will honor two Vietnam veterans who are still missing in action, Ronald Holtzman and Dallas Driver, both from Frederick County.
• St. John's Lutheran Church will celebrate hometown heroes during the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday at 3623 Back Mountain Road, Winchester. A reception will follow the service.
• All veterans are invited to a breakfast and program at John Handley High School on Monday. Breakfast is from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Patsy Cline Theatre at the high school. Reservations, information: 540-662-3471.
• Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, will hold a Veterans Day service at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Shenandoah Memorial Park, 1260 Front Royal Pike.
Middletown will hold a Veterans Day service at 2 p.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park on Main Street (U.S. 11) at the south end of town.
• Stephens City will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 8 a.m. Monday at the town’s Veterans Memorial at 5516 Main St. The guest speaker will be Adam Packham with Heroes on the River.
• Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church will host a veterans breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday to honor active and retired military veterans at 4699 Valley Pike.
Gravel Springs Lutheran Church will celebrate hometown heroes at the 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday at 1870 Pifer Road.
Clarke County will hold a Veterans Day program from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Clarke County High School, 627 Mosby Blvd., Berryville. The program is free and open to the public. The Clarke County High School Jazz Ensemble begins playing at 1 p.m. The Clarke County Community Band performs at 2 p.m. Guest speakers are U.S. Marine Corps Col. (Retired) Harvey Barnum and Dr. Richard Siemens of the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Information: email@example.com or clarkecountycommunityband.com.
• The city will hold a Veterans Day recognition program today in the social hall of the War Memorial building at Jim Barnett Park that will include a luncheon provided by Gore's Meats, a blood drive and free facility use for veterans. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Veterans can also enjoy designated park programs and facilities for free beginning today through Nov. 15. Free programs and facilities include: indoor pool, fitness room, gymnasium (during open gym times), billiards table, racquetball court (reservations recommended) and fitness classes (yoga, zumba, water aerobics and aqua arthritis).
• The Department of Veterans Affairs and Winchester National Cemetery will host a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at 401 National Ave. The keynote speaker will be Senior Chief Yeoman Ralph H. Hensley III, U.S. Navy retired. Cemetery staff will be present to discuss products and benefits for veterans and their families. Those attending are asked to park along National Avenue. Parking at the cemetery is prohibited.
The Comer-Jones VFW Post 621 will hold a ceremony honoring veterans at 11 a.m. Monday at 218 Veterans Lane, Luray. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
In observance of Veterans Day, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on Monday. Information: 540-999-3500.