Veterans Day activities are planned here
RANDOLPH — The annual Veterans Day Program is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 at the Randolph High School starting at 10 a.m., with Daryl G. Harrison, American Legion Area “A” Vise Commander speaking.
Daryl Harrison, born in Wayne, grew up in the suburbs of Omaha. He participated in sports, Boy Scouts, Jr. ROTC, and at the age of 16, was the youngest volunteer fireman in Nebraska.
Harrison is an Air Force Veteran having enlisted as a high school drop-out in 1973. He was trained as a Para-rescueman. Harrison graduated from Fort Benning Jump School, Para-rescue Medical Training, 2nd Class Naval Diving School, and the Air Force Survival and POW Simulation School. Six weeks before he was to receive his beret Harrison was hospitalized for ulcerative colitis and was medically discharged.
The next seven years he refers to as the dark years. Having lost direction, he wandered from job to job averaging as many as five different jobs per year, until 1979, when he was able to attend Metro Tech Community College of Omaha under the Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Harrison married in 1980. He and his wife had a son in 1981, he lost his wife in 1982 to cancer, leaving him with his 15-month-old son and thousands of dollars in medical debt.
The VA counseled him and changed his education track to becoming an industrial technology teacher. He graduated in three years from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1986, with his son in the audience.
Harrison went on to teach from the University of Missouri-Columbia and then went on to Paris, Mo., where he taught for two years before teaching for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools in West Berlin, Germany. He stood on the grandstand at Checkpoint Charlie the day the Berlin Wall came down to watch as East Germans crossed the Wall into freedom.
He went on to be part of a group of Americans, British, and French citizens that delivered a printing press to the Russian Orthodox Church in the Soviet Union. Harrison chaperoned the All DODDS Choir Tour in Moscow, Tbilisi Georgia, and Yalta in Crimea.
He returned in 1991 to the Omaha VA Hospital where his colon had to be removed which rendered him a 100 percent Service-Connected Veteran.
He went on to receive his master’s and education specialist degrees from Wayne State College. He continued to teach industrial technology, retiring from teaching as the Head Teacher of Industrial Technology, Sioux City, Iowa.
Daryl and his wife, Jan, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Jan is a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurse serving Northeast Nebraska.
Harrison has dedicated himself to serving Nebraska veterans since his retirement. He currently is involved with the American Legion in providing K-9s for the Nebraska State Patrol though an initiative involving the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders. He is knee deep in renaming HWY 20, The Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway in honor of the 72 Nebraska Medal of Honor recipients.
Following the program the Randolph Senior Center is hosting their Veteran’s Day Luncheon. They are serving taverns, chicken salad sandwiches, assorted salads, and assorted pies and desserts. The meal is a free will offering.