School districts across Barry County will honor the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces with a variety of special Veterans Day ceremonies and events this week.
Area schools will hold honorary ceremonies on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.
Cassville R-4 School District
Cassville High School will host a Veterans Day assembly at 9 a.m. on Friday.
All veterans who attend the ceremony are asked to complete a registration card when they arrive. FFA members will escort each veteran and his or her family to their seats for the program.
The special assembly will offer performances by the high school band and choirs and a 13 fold ceremony, read by members of the drama department, and conducted by the Southwest Area Career Center JROTC. Student essays will also be read during the event.
An honorary reception will follow the Veterans Day assembly. All veterans are encouraged to stay for the reception, which will be hosted by the CHS Student Council.
JROTC members will also perform a special flag raising ceremony prior to the Veterans Day festivities.
The high school reserves a special Flag of the United States of America for Veterans Day. The flag was flown over 25 combat missions in Afghanistan before it was donated to the school.
Purdy R-2 School District
The Purdy High School Aubrey Keeling Chapter of the National Honor Society will present its annual Veterans Day program in the high school gymnasium at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. All veterans, parents and patrons are invited to attend.
The special assembly will include the presentation of the colors by the Southwest Area Career Center JROTC Color Guard and opening and closing addresss by NHS President Nathan Wolf.
Rachael Neill, NHS vice president, will give the history of Veterans Day, and Addy Roller, NHS secretary, will introduce guest speaker Gerald Bass.
The program will also offer performances by Purdy High School band and choir students and honorary recognition of each veteran present.
The Southwest R-5 School District will host a Veterans Day lunch in the high school commons area at noon on Nov. 11. Southwest High School FFA and Student Council members will serve veterans during the event.
The meal will be followed by an assembly in the high school gymnasium at 1 p.m. FFA students will escort veterans to their seats for the assembly. Each veteran in attendance will be recognized at the beginning of the assembly.
"This is a very special day for the Southwest School District to demonstrate our respect for all that veterans have done," said Tosha Watson, high school principal. "Each grade level will have various presentations to demonstrate our appreciation for what they have sacrificed."
The program will include musical performances, poetry readings and a slideshow. Kindergarten through sixth grade music students will perform under the direction of Christina Campbell, and seventh through 12th grade band and choir students will perform under the direction of Glenda McCullough.
Wheaton High School will honor area veterans with a special assembly in the high school gymnasium at 1 p.m. on Nov. 11.
Southwest Area Career Center JROTC Color Guard members will participate in the assembly, which will offer a reading of the history of "Taps," and a flag folding ceremony.
Mike Austin, Wheaton High School teacher and coach, will be the guest speaker for the event. Austin served in the military from 1988 to 1992 during Operation Desert Storm.
A Veterans Day Dinner will also be held in the Wheaton High School FACS classroom at 5 p.m. on Nov. 11. Veterans, their families and members of the community are invited to attend the special event, which will offer presentations to honor local veterans.
For more information, call Deanne Carter, high school FACS instructor, at 417-652-3752.
Shell Knob School District
Shell Knob School will honor veterans on Thursday, Nov. 10. All area veterans are invited to attend.
A special breakfast will be offered at 9:30 a.m., and a honorary assembly will begin at 10:30 a.m. The assembly will include student readings, a skit and a band performance.
Exeter R-6 School District
The Exeter R-6 School District will offer a Veterans Day program in the school multipurpose room at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10. All veterans are invited to attend.
The Southwest Area Career Center JROTC Color Guard will take part in the program. The assembly will also offer a keynote address by Doug Weston, student readings and musical performances.
Cookies and punch will be served to veterans after the program.