Parades to honor the area’s veterans are planned in both Highland and Troy on Sunday, Nov. 8.
In Highland, VFW Post 5694, American Legion Post 439 and Moose Lodge 2479 are sponsoring the parade, which will be followed by a ceremony on the Square. The parade will step off at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Olive and Main streets and proceed west on Main to the Square.
Mayor Joe Michealis will read a proclamation, which was signed and ap proved by the City Council, designating Nov. 8-14 as Veterans Awareness Week in Highland. A brief ceremony will follow.
All veterans in the Highland and surrounding communities are welcome to participate in the parade. Walkers are welcome. For those who cannot walk, rides will be provided. Participants should meet at the northwest parking lot for St. Paul Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Harold Schellenger at (618) 791-7106 or Lenny Gall at 654-4793.
In Troy, VFW Post 976 and its auxiliary will host a parade that will step off at 1 p.m. on Market Street in downtown Troy. A ceremony will be held at the Troy Park Memorial following the parade.
The VFW will also welcome visitors to its post home, located at 123 W. Market St. in downtown Troy, after the ceremony concludes.
For more information, contact Post 976 commander Tim O’Donnell at 667-8387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highland High School: Highland High School will host an all-school assembly on Nov. 10 from 7:40 to 8:35 a.m.
Highland Middle School: Highland Middle School will host a day of interaction between students and local veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 10.
From 7:15 to 7:25 a.m., veterans will arrival and meet the teachers.(Breakfast items, coffee, and other drinks will be available.)
From 7:35 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. Veterans will give classroom presentations. If you are interested in serving as a classroom speaker, call Assistant Principal Vince Hughes at 651-8800.
From 1:25 to 2:45, there will be an assembly in the gymnasium. Around 700 children, 250 veterans, and other community members typically attend this event.
During the assembly, there will be VIP seating on the gym floor for all veterans. The Highland Middle School band will play, chorus will sing, students will teach a lesson and our key note speaker will challenge students to complete some “Veteran Homework.”
The keynote speaker will be Highland Police Chief Terry Bell, who served as a member of the United States Marine Corps in the early 1980s. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has earned an undergraduate degree from St. Louis University and a master’s degree from Lindenwood University.
State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, will also speak.
St. Paul: There will be a special Mass at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 to honor all area veterans. There will be a light reception following.
Alhambra and Grantfork: On Nov. 10, there will be a Veterans Day Assembly in the school gym from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Kate Broadhurst, a member of Highland Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5694, will demonstrate the proper way to fold a flag.