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County schools to host Veterans Day programs

CRYSTAL FALLS/IRON RIVER—Forest Park and West Iron County schools will host Veterans Day programs on Monday, Nov. 11.
    In Crystal Falls, the East Side Veterans Council will hold its Veterans Day program beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Eddie Chambers Gymnasium at Forest Park High School.
    Chris Sholander will be the master of ceremonies.
    The program starts with the East Side Veterans Council color guard presenting the colors. Norm Vanaman and the Forest Park band will play the national anthem. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Bailey Blazier, president of Forest Park’s senior class.
    Becky Waters, Forest Park superintendent, will give the welcome and opening remarks.
    Forest Park principal Jackie Giuliani will introduce the guest speaker, David Grant.
    Grant is married with three children. The youngest son served in the U.S. Army and in the 101st Airborne Division and did one tour in Afghanistan.     
    Grant has been in operations for 34 years, managing plants in Illinois, Wisconsin and currently in Michigan as plant director at Connor Sport Flooring in Amasa.
    Two members of the East Side Veterans Council will take part in the “folding of the flag” along with Forest Park students Sarah Holce and Jacobi Hill, who will be entering the military,
    Taps will then be played by the East Side Veterans.
    The program ends with closing remarks by FP senior Bryce Smithson.
    Cookies and coffee will be served following the program.
    East Side Veterans Council will also visit the Iron County Medical Facility at 2 p.m. to honor all veterans in the facility. All are welcome to attend.
    In Iron River, the West Iron County High School Student Council will host a breakfast for local veterans with a program to follow.
     The breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. with the program set for 10.
     There are sign-up sheets for the event at the American Legion and VFW. Veterans can also call the high school office at 265-5184 to sign up.
     “We would appreciate if you sign up by Nov. 6 so we can plan accordingly,” said student council advisor Kristi Berutti. “We have been proud to serve more and more veterans each year so please join us.”
     The speaker for the program will be U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Steven Pietila. He has 25 years of duty with 20 in active duty. Pietila lives in Iron River with wife Tammy and sons Blake and Jared.