Halloween has come and gone and now most are preparing for the arrival of Thanksgiving and the holiday season that follows. But before everyone gets carried away, remember that there is a very important day in between Halloween and Thanksgiving, Veterans Day. Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11, and there are events taking place throughout Toole County to honor and recognize those who served and those who still are. 

The Shelby High School Student Council will be hosting a reception at 9 a.m., in the high school foyer, prior to an assembly that will get underway at 10 a.m. Retired Army veteran Stephen (Redd) Carlisle will be the featured speaker and all veterans will be recognized during the assembly. The band will be providing music and the Student Council will provide readings throughout the program. The public is encouraged to attend and show their appreciation for these invaluable community members.

Retired Army Veteran, Don Tronson, and his wife, Lena, will also be hosting a Veterans Day brunch on Main Street, at the Smile Shop. All Vets are invited to attend, starting at 11 a.m. The menu has yet to be decided, but you know it will be good!

The Galata area Eagle Scouts will be honoring Veterans on Monday as well, serving a pancake supper from 5-7 p.m. Sourdough pancakes, sausage and buttermilk pancakes are on the menu and a short program will follow the supper. The proceeds from this event will benefit Boys’ State and the Montana Veterans Memorial Flag in Shelby.

North Toole County High School students will also be honoring area Veterans with a program at the high school Monday morning. Things will get underway at 7:30 a.m., with NTCHS Student Council members serving breakfast to any Veteran that comes. Breakfast will conclude at 8:30 and at 8:45 a Veterans Day program will begin in the High School auditorium.

The program involves all students, with songs being sung by kindergarten through the senior class. There will be students reading poems that were written for the event in Mrs. Chelsea Taylor’s English class. The guest speaker will be SSG Seth Munro, from the Army National Guard. 

“We are looking forward to honoring the Veterans from our local area with our program on Monday, Nov. 11, for their sacrifices that they made for all of us and the great nation that we live in,” said NTCHS teacher, Shannon Dunk. “Thanks to them for the freedoms that we enjoy in this country.”

Monday, Nov. 11, is not just a day when the banks, post office and other government buildings are closed. It is a day of honor and pride, one that recognizes those who were willing to protect this country and the freedoms we have, with their lives. Take the time, show your appreciation and say thank you, for without these brave men and women our lives would be very different. To all veterans, thank you for your service.

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