While Saturday is Veterans Day, some Crawford County observances are starting Thursday and continuing through the weekend.
Pulliam Funeral Home in Oblong and Oblong American Legion Post 219 will conduct their 19th Annual Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the funeral home. The Legion will be posting colors and there will be a short service and reading of the names on the crosses.
Each year the funeral home and the American Legion post honor local veterans who have died during the past year. This year they will be honoring more than 340 veterans. Either these veterans had their funeral service with the funeral home along with the American Legion post, or families of the deceased Veterans purchased a cross to honor their deceased veteran.
Each veteran has a cross placed with his or her name on it with an American flag next to the cross. During the service, the veterans' names are read. The crosses will be erected Thursday and will be illuminated at night. The public may stop and look at the crosses and attend the service. Chairs will not be available but those attending may bring their own.
The funeral home and Oblong Community Service Club will also have a Veterans Day soup supper for the public at the Oblong Municipal Building Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., free to veterans and their spouses, for everyone else, it will be a free-will donation.
Robinson American Legion Post 69, in cooperation with VFW Post 4549, will have a Veteran's Day program at 11 a.m. at the Legion hall. This year's service will feature a speech by Mike Bachelor, the ringing of bells, and 21-gun salute by the Honor Guard.
West Union American Legion will host a Veteran's Day breakfast Saturday from 7 to 11 a.m. The menu will include pancakes and sausage, biscuits and gravy, and eggs to order. The event is open to the public and they will be accepting donations.
They will also be accepting worn or unserviceable flags to be disposed of during a flag retirement ceremony in June.
The Rolling Thunder veterans' motorcycle club will be at a Veterans Day service at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Timber Creek Village, Robinson. The event is open to the public.
Several area schools will also have Veterans Day programs.
Palestine High School is inviting veterans and their families to a program Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the high-school gym. All attending veterans will be recognized that day.
Hutsonville schools will have a veterans' program Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the junior-high gym and the public may attend.
The Hutsonville Varsity Band will be playing "December 7, 1941: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy," with High School Principal Travis Titsworth reading the excerpt from Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech. Trumpets from the sixth-grade band and the Varsity Band will close the program with an echo "Taps."
The program will also include student essays, musical selections and student created video presentations. Steve Clark will be the guest speaker.
Oblong schools have invited local veterans to a private program and invitation-only dinner. The program is not open to the public, but if local veterans would like to be on the invitation list for next year they can contact the grade school.
At Robinson's Washington Elementary School, throughout the week, teachers are taking time to discuss the holiday. Friday morning veterans and active-duty and non-active duty service members may come to the school for breakfast between 7:45 and 8:10. It is not limited to family members, and anyone from the community that would like to attend may do so.
Breakfast will be free to those who have served or are serving in the military. Those planning to attend should RSVP to 544-2233 by Thursday at noon, to get a rough number of those attending.
Organizers for the Quilts of Valor project in Crawford County will be presenting quilts to Operation Desert Storm and other first Gulf War veterans Sunday in the Robinson High School Cafetorium.
More than 130 quilts will be presented during the 2 p.m. program, along with a special quilt that was created for a fundraising raffle.
The organization has worked hard to ensure every Crawford County veteran receives a quilt. They believe they have accounted for all veterans up to Operation Desert Storm. To submit the name of a veteran or for more information contact Sandra Nichols at email@example.com or 562-8454.