Veterans Day, normally observed Nov. 11 every year, will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, this year since Nov. 11 is a Sunday.
Local schools in each level of K-12 education will be holding events either Friday or Monday.
The following is a list of local school programs, in chronological order of start time:
• Central Middle will hold its annual Veterans Day Assembly on Friday at 9 a.m. in the gym. Any local veterans who have served or are currently serving are invited to attend.
Carrollton ophthalmologist and Air Force veteran Dr. Keith Berry will be the featured speaker. The CMS band and chorus will perform, and a reception honoring veterans will be held in the media center following the ceremony.
Also recognized will be former CMS students who are serving their country, including 2011 Central High graduate Dawson Attison, who returned home this week from Marine Corps basic training.
• Villa Rica Elementary will also hold its program Friday at 9 a.m. in the school gym. Veterans will have breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the salute to all members of the armed forces.
• Bowdon Elementary will have its ceremony at 9 a.m. on Friday, with a breakfast for veterans and their families at 8:30. The guest speaker will be Tom Nielson, a Carrollton artist who served in Vietnam. Nielson was the chief presenter at the VA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and created the “Chained Eagle” image for the POW/MIA poster series. The speaker has painted portraits of several military and political figures.
• Glanton-Hindsman Elementary will have its assembly at 9 a.m. on Friday in the gym as well.
• Whitesburg Elementary will have a parade, chorus program and reception for its veterans in attendance. Whitesburg’s program will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in the gym.
• Central High has scheduled its program for Friday at 10 a.m. The school’s chorus program will perform, as well as the band and an acoustic guitar class. The high school ROTC program’s cadets will perform a POW/MIA ceremony for all in attendance. The cadets will also present the colors prior to the ceremony.
The band will honor each branch of service by playing the branch’s official song.
• Sand Hill Elementary will hold its Veterans Day celebration on Friday at 1 p.m. There will be a parade down the halls of the school and an assembly for all attending local veterans.
Kelley West, the school’s public information officer, said the school is expecting around 50 veterans to participate.
• Bowdon High will honor veterans during the halftime show of Friday night’s football game against Heard County. Band director Jimmy Mauney and the Pride of Bowdon Band have planned a special halftime show.
• The four schools in the Carrollton City Schools system will meet in the Carrollton High gym throughout the day Monday to honor veterans.
The events, hosted by the high school’s Junior ROTC program, will start at 8:30 a.m. with Carrollton Junior High and continue at 9:40 a.m. for Carrollton Middle, noon for Carrollton Elementary (split into two grade groups) and ending with a 1:30 assembly for Carrollton High students.
The CMS Singers will perform for its school, and the CJHS Band and CHS Show Choir will perform for all schools. The JROTC will perform drills at all observances, and veterans associated with each school will be recognized.
• Mt. Zion High will commemorate Veterans Day with an assembly on Monday at 9 a.m. in the school gym. The program, open to the public, will welcome local veterans and their guests to be formally recognized during the program. For more information, contact Judy Crews at 770-834-6654.
• Mt. Zion Middle’s assembly on Monday at 10:30 a.m. will include a performance from the school’s chorus program, poetry readings by students and a white table presentation
• Roopville Elementary will celebrating the country’s veterans by serving them lunch from 10:40 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. Monday.
• Temple High will hold honor veterans with a free lunch on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Call 770-562-3218 for more information or to sign up for lunch at Temple High.