There are a lot of Veterans Day events going on in our area. Many local schools are inviting Veterans to special programs. Here are just a few events planned today:
Roanoke County's Green Valley Elementary School is holding the annual Veteran's Day program.
7:45 a.m. - Veteran Breakfast
8:15 a.m. - Program in cafeteria/auditorium
School inviting local Veterans, parents and friends of Green Valley to attend this special presentation and stay for refreshments and classroom visitation until 10:15 a.m. For the first time in the 22 years school has been hosting this program, it will provide live video streaming.
At 10 a.m. Radford will honor contributions of veteran Colonel John Ripley, for actions during the Vietnam War. He took three hours of enemy fire, while rigging a bridge with explosives. The destruction of the bridge, over the Cua Vet River, blocked more than 30,000 North Vietnamese troops, saving many American lives. Local community members, city officials, and Veterans will gather to honor Colonel John Ripley with the dedication of University Drive Bridge in Colonel Ripley's honor. After the dedication the bridge will have a plaque placed on each end recognizing Colonel Ripley's importance to the City of Radford.
At 10:30 a.m. at William Byrd High School in Vinton will begin with the ROTC doing a flag retirement ceremony, a luncheon provided for our veterans by our culinary arts students, and finally a meet and greet in our gymnasium for our student body. The event is being planned by student government leaders, the history department, and ROTC.
At 11:00 a.m. Join the National D-Day Memorial for a special program honoring all those who have served in America's armed forces. Program highlights include JROTC cadets from throughout the region presenting a march with historic colors. Over two dozen students from Thaxton Elementary School will present a patriotic medley, and there will be a special recognition of all veterans. Students from Big Island Elementary and Thaxton Elementary will also distribute letters of thanks to veterans in attendance. The ceremony includes remarks by the 29th Division Association National Commander, as well as comments from several World War II veterans, and a Korean War veteran who will address what it means for fellow veterans to see young men and women in uniform serving today. Admission fees are waived until noon, and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs
Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will hold a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony in the War Memorial Chapel to recognize all veterans and to honor the service Virginia Tech men and women have given our nation.All are invited to attend this special ceremony. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Willey will speak, the service songs will be played, and then all attendees will be asked to proceed up to the War Memorial for the placing of a memorial wreath. Sgt. Maj. Willey served more than 30 years in the U.S. Army. He joined the Corps of Cadets staff as the Battalion Training NCO for First Battalion this fall. At 11 a.m. the wreath will be placed in front of the cenotaph on Memorial Court. The Gregory Guard, the Corps of Cadets precision rifle drill team, will fire a rifle salute, the Color Guard will present the colors, and taps will be played. Eleven o'clock is a symbolic time on this special day. Veterans Day, formerly called Armistice Day, was initially created to celebrate the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. The Armistice took effect at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918.
Rural Retreat Middle School in Wythe County is hosting "take a vet to school day" sponsored by the History Channel. It's from 10:30 to 1:30 in the high school library and there's a night program at 6:30.