Area Veterans Day observances scheduled
Veterans Day is on Monday and various communities in Marshall County are observing the federal holiday.
It was originally created as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919 in observance of the first anniversary of the end of World War I. The day became a national holiday in 1938. The name was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The Iowa Veterans Home will honor veterans at its annual Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. on Monday (musical prelude at 10:30 a.m.) in the Malloy LRC.
Commandant Timon M. Oujiri will serve as Master of Ceremonies and this year’s guest speaker is Simon Conway, WHO Talk Radio. Conway is a local radio host on news radio 1040 WHO, Des Moines. His radio program, “The Simon Conway Show,” runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is also simulcast on news radio 600 WMT in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. Simon is a regular guest host for the nationally syndicated Joe Pags Show.
Roxanne Bach will open the program with the prelude beginning at 10:45 a.m. The Marshalltown Men’s Chorus will perform the National Anthem and two patriotic songs. Rev. Ryan Trosen, IVH Chaplain, will give the invocation and benediction. Bach will conclude the program with the postlude. This event is open to the public.
Veterans Day observance will be held at the BCLUW High School gym at 10:45 a.m.
Liscomb will hold its Veterans Day observance at the Community building at 10:45 a.m. Monday. Jeff Lamberti, director of the board, U.S.S. Iowa battleship will be the speaker.
West Marshall will have its annual Veterans Day Program at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the High School Auditorium.
The BCLUW Middle School will present its 20th annual student-led program as a salute to veterans. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Monte Selby, who along with the students, who will perform a song that he wrote with the students’ help.