Published On: Wed, Nov 9th, 2011

Veterans to be honored with special ceremonies

HARTINGTON — For more than 200 years the American flag has been the symbol of our nation’s strength and unity and a source of pride and inspiration for millions of people.
Over 180 American flags will be flying on Wed, Nov 9th at the Cedar County Courthouse grounds and on the campus (Carkoski Field) to the south.
The flags, which have been donated by the family members of a veteran who has died, will be raised in honor of all veterans who have given their life for this country.
The flags will be put up Wed. morning if the weather permits according to Post 5283 Commander Harold Eickhoff.
Seventh grade students from Hartington Public and other volunteers will help display the flags.
“The flags will be put out at nine am. Most of the flags will be taken down but a few will be left up through Veterans Day,” Eickhoff said.
Events for Veterans Day, which is annually observed on Nov 11th, will take place a few days early this year as Cedar Catholic School may not be in session on Nov 10 and 11th this year due to the State Volleyball Tournament.
There will be a short program at the Golden Living Center at 1:30 pm. to honor the veterans who live at the facility.

There are currently six veterans, five male and one female, who are living at the Center.
A program will be held at the Msgr. Werner Activities Center for students from Hartington Public, Holy Trinity and Cedar Catholic.
The public is also invited to attend the program Eickhoff said.
The Honor Guard will escort and display the American flag and the VFW flag.
Cedar Catholic and Hartington Public choir and band students will perform patriotic music.
Staff Sergeant Chris Collier will speak to the elementary, junior and senior high school students.
During Collier’s six years service with the Air National Guard, he has spent four and one-half months in Kuwait and has been deployed to Iraq for six months.
Collier will be talking about the American flag and the National Anthem and what they stand for.
“I want the kids to know where the flag came from and why Frances Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner which started out as a poem,” Collier said. “Years later it was adopted as our National Anthem.”
I want kids to learn why we need to respect the flag and to know what the national anthem stands for he said.