Veterans Day programs set for Nov. 12

Crystal Falls Veterans Day program
CRYSTAL FALLS—The East Side Veterans Council will hold its Veterans Day program on Monday, Nov. 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the Eddie Chambers Gym at Forest Park High School.
    Chris Sholander will be the master of ceremonies.
    The program starts with the Veterans Council color guard presenting the colors, and second grade students, led by director Norm Vanaman, will lead the audience in the national anthem.
    The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Elle Soderberg, president of Forest Park’s senior class.
    Becky Waters, Forest Park superintendent, will give the welcome and opening remarks. After that, the high school band, directed by Vanaman, will play “America the Beautiful.”
    Next, Lisa Olson, middle and high school principal, will introduce the guest speaker, Ed Chantiny.
    Chantiny comes from a family of military men, including his father who served in World War I. Chantiny and his three brothers compiled 50 years of military service. Chantiny retired with 30 years of service as a Senior Chief Petty Officer.
    After Chantiny’s remarks, Sholander will make a presentation, explaining the symbolism of the Missing Man Table. Taps will then be played.
    The program ends with closing remarks by Sarah Premo, Forest Park student council president.
    The East Side Veterans will also visit the Iron County Medical Facility at 2 p.m. to honor all veterans in the facility. All are welcome to attend.

West Iron Veterans Day program
IRON RIVER—West Iron County High School will host a Veterans Day program beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
    The event will include the West Side Veterans Council. Prior to the program, there will be breakfast for all veterans at 9 a.m. in the high school commons.
    The breakfast is put on by the West Iron County Student Council. To sign up for the breakfast, call the high school at 265-5184 by Wednesday, Nov. 7.
    The public is invited to the 10 a.m. program.
    Patriot Pen Essay first-place winners will read their essays – Estella Ramirez (eighth grade), Seanna Stine (seventh grade) and Kaeden Golliher (sixth grade). The students will receive their awards from the VFW.
    Josh Nodurft will be this year’s guest speaker. After 20 years of service, First Sergeant Nodurft retired from the Marine Corps. During his service, Nodurft was deployed to Iraq where he participated in aerial combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
    Taps will be played by Logan McCord.