Veterans about to get big salutes

Veterans are about to get not one but at least two big salutes in Pauls Valley gatherings dedicated to honor their service.

In fact, a grade school program and casual luncheon honoring veterans of the American military have both become an annual thing.

In both cases any and all vets are invited to drop by and check out the patriotic festivities.

First up is a musical program as fourth-graders at Lee Elementary will sing songs meant to honor the service of vets.

It's scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Lee school.

Music teacher Candace Gibson says this is the fourth year students will do the program as they started working on it right after the new school year started back in August.

“We had a great show of veterans last year,” Gibson said. “I would love to have that again.

“We just want to honor them every which way we can. We want to honor veterans.

“We started the second day of school learning this stuff. The students have worked hard on memorizing the capitals of each state, learning about the military branches. They learn about every war.

“It's history and Veteran's Day is history.”

Students are expected to belt out 10 songs they've been working to learn.

They've also signed cards they plan to give out to vets, along with small flags.

“It's good for the fourth grade to learn that there is war and learn about our freedom. We study this.”

Another open invitation for veterans is for a casual lunch in their honor the following day.

Now an annual thing, employees in the Garvin County Courthouse organize a free lunch to offer a kind of salute and show their appreciation to veterans for their service to the country.

This next luncheon honoring vets is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 on the first floor of the courthouse.

Also on Friday is a program at Jackson Elementary as third grade students are set to present a program dedicated to veterans. Start time is 1 p.m.

Penny's Place, a new art gallery on East Paul, is hosting a Marine Corp Ball at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 and a gathering for all veterans at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.

On the western side of Garvin County, the Erin Springs and Green Hill cemeteries in the Lindsay area have markers out at the grave sites of each veteran.

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