Schools, other groups to support veterans

Published 4:14 am Friday, November 11, 2016

Area veterans will have any number of celebrations and events to attend this Veterans Day.

In Tylertown, Miss., the American Legion posts 56 and 120 will be hosting two events, a public event at the Holmes Water Park at 8 a.m. and also an educational program at the Southwest Events Center in Tylertown, also at 8 a.m.

Closer to home, Byrd Avenue Primary School’s Veterans Day program kicks off at 8:30 a.m. All veterans are invited to attend and veterans who attend this event will be provided breakfast immediately following the program. In addition to veterans, parents of students are also invited to the program.

Later in the day, the Bogalusa High School JROTC will host an afternoon program at 2 p.m. That program is open to everyone and especially veterans and it will include songs and refreshments in the auditorium.

Bogalusa High School is not the only area school to honor veterans.

Ben’s Ford Christian School is also inviting all veterans and their spouses to their breakfast at 8 a.m. The meal will include a program put on by students and there will also be a “memory walk” in the gym, featuring selected veterans with memorabilia from their respective services. The service will also feature a 21-gun salute from the 40 & 8, a local veterans’ group.

Each veteran will receive a gift bag and boutonniere or corsage compliments of the student body.

In order to help facilitate planning, veterans who are planning to attend are asked to call the school and RSVP. Their phone number is 985-735-0387.

The 40 & 8 group recently won a national honor guard competition, and the veterans group will be touring the parish Friday, posting the colors and raising the flag.

Buddy Fornea, commander of the group, said after Ben’s Ford, the group will visit Annunciation Catholic School at 10 a.m. and then Our Lady of the Angels at noon.

He said the program would be the same at each.

“We’re going to post the colors and raise the flag and fire the salute,” he said.

Later in the day, the Bowling Green school is opening its doors to veterans at 12:15 p.m. for lunch in the new sports complex. There will be a program following that event, at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium.