Honoring those who served
Washington County residents will join people across the nation this weekend in honoring veterans.
The city of Washington will hold its Veterans Day ceremonies on Monday. The events begin that morning at 11 a.m. with a program at Blair House. Veterans will give a 21-gun salute then. The hour of the day, 11 a.m., was chosen to coincide with the hour that Germany signed the armistice to end World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.
Wayne Reighard will be the guest speaker at the Blair House. Reighard served in South Korea, where he spent 10 months stationed on the 38th Parallel dividing the two Koreas. Reighard has among those from Washington County to go on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
There is an “All Veterans’ Dinner” Monday night at the Iowa National Guard Readiness Center, formerly known as the armory. The supper begins at 6 p.m. There will be a free-will offering at the meal.
The dinner is open to all veterans, their family and friends. All members of the American Legion are invited to attend. Reservations are not necessary.
The guest speaker at Monday night’s dinner will be Sgt. Rob Radosevich. Radosevich is a non-commissioned officer with the Iowa National Guard. American Legion Post 20 commander Bob Kennedy said he expects Radosevich to talk about some of the changes to the readiness center.
The readiness center was closed for a year while it was remodeled. It now has a new kitchen. Another recent development is that the 134th Medical Company, formerly based in Washington, has moved to Camp Dodge in Des Moines. Kennedy said a new medical unit will be coming to Washington.
Riverside will hold its Veterans Day ceremonies two days earlier than Washington on Saturday. Jann Frank and Kathy Colbert have organized a program that day.
The first event of the day is a free breakfast for veterans from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the VFW, located on the Riverside Road. Breakfast will be served by the VFW Auxiliary.
The ceremony at Veterans Park will begin at 9 a.m. The guest speaker is Sgt. SSG Peter Moeller of the Iowa Military Funeral Honor Program. He and Staff Sgt. SSG Troy Ruffin will give a program on how to fold the flag and what each fold represents.
The Highland High School choir will sing national anthem. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will recite the pledge of allegiance. The Rev. Edward Peterson will give the invocation and Mayor Bill Poch will do the introductions.
Members of the VFW 6414 and VFW Auxiliary 6414 will be in attendance performing the duties of colorguard. They will do a 21-gun salute and then Larry Tener will play taps.
The Highland High School choir will sing God Bless America once and then on the second time the crowd is asked to join in.
In the event of rain, the program in Riverside will be in the fire station.