Parades to honor the area’s veterans are planned in both Highland on Sunday, Nov. 13.
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.
At the Square, Mayor Joe Michaelis will read a proclamation, which was signed and approved by the City Council, designating Nov. 6-13 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.
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For more information, contact Harold Schellenger at (618) 791-7106 or Lenny Gall at 654-4793.
▪ Highland High School: Highland High School will be having a Veterans Day assembly on Thursday, Nov. 10, beginning at 7:40 a.m. in the gym. A light breakfast will be served to the veterans in the Kennel beginning at 7 a.m. Approximately 60 veterans are expected to attend. Mr. Joel Hawkins is the coordinator for the event. Call 654-7131 for more information.
▪ Highland Middle School: There will be a school assembly at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 with students interacting with local veterans, who will also be interacting with students throughout the morning. All area veterans are invited to participate. Call 651-8800 for more information.
▪ St. Paul: All veterans and members of the military are invited to St. Paul Catholic School’s Veterans Day assembly. It will be held on Monday, Nov. 14 at St. Paul Catholic Church, beginning at 10 a.m. All invited are welcome to wear their uniform. Call 654-7525 for more information.
▪ Alhambra and Grantfork: An assembly will be held for both Alhambra and Grantfork students at Alhambra Primary from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. Hitz Home residents will play patriotic songs on bells to start off the assembly. History teacher Barb Kay will tell students about “Patriotic Songs and What They Mean.” Then, fourth- and fifth-grade students will give thank-you letters to local veterans. Call 488-2200 for more information.
More Veteran Events in Highland
Marine Corps Birthday: All USMC members are invited to share the Marine Corps birthday on Nov. 10 at the Lee Iten American Legion Post 439, 1130 New Trenton Road in Highland. There will be meals served at noon and at 6 p.m., including the birthday cake. There is no charge for this event, so please plan to attend one of these sessions with your fellow Marines. You can also bring any memorabilia that you may have to share with your fellow USMC members. If you have questions, leave a message at 654-4062 and your call will be returned.
Dedication of kiosk at Rinderer Park: A kiosk will be dedicated on Memorial Day 2017 for Highland citizens who lost their lives during World War I, World War II, and a Highland police officer who was killed in the line of duty. As part of this project, a plaza will be built with pavers memorializing military and/or first responders (police, fire, EMS, dispatcher). The Highland American Legion and VFW will begin providing additional information in a future edition of the Highland News Leader.
VAC officer will Highland on different date: A service officer with the Veterans’ Assistance Commission (VAC) of Madison County is typically available at Highland American Legion Post 439, located on New Trenton Road, on the fourth Thursday each month. However, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the normal VAC appointment date will be moved to Tuesday, Nov. 22. Times for appointments will be the same, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans must contact Devon Neal at (618) 296-4750 to schedule an appointment.