The first of these is at FMC Elementary School at 9 a.m. in the school gym.
Debra Fulton, who is helping coordinate the school’s program, said that the ceremony is to remind both the students and community of “the sacrifices our veterans and their families have made so that we may have the freedom to make choices for ourselves and our families.
“This is also a time for all of us to show respect for our flag and our country.
“We hope that many of our veterans will be able to join us so we can honor them and learn from them what citizenship and patriotism are all about.”
Along with the traditional laying of the wreaths, pledge and playing of Taps, there will also be a Table of Remembrance led by Frank Gonzales, Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9170.
“This is a solemn ceremony to remember our MIAs (American veterans who are missing in action) and our prisoners of war (past and present prisoners of war),” Fulton said.
Also at 9 a.m., Skidmore-Tynan ISD staff, students and family will honor veterans with a ceremony in their gym.
Included in their ceremony will be numerous presentations by the elementary grade students.
Superintendent Dr. Brett Belmarez said, “Veterans deserve the highest place of honor in all of our lives.
“And what we are trying to with them every day in school is only possible because of the sacrifices of our veterans.”
The largest of the ceremonies is arguably the program held at the A.C. Jones High Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The high school band will kick off this ceremony at 11 a.m. around the recently erected monument.
The guest speaker for the ceremony will be state Rep. Jose Aliseda, a J.A.G. officer in the U.S. Navy, who also has two sons in the U.S. Army stationed in Iraq. Other speakers who will give a short, one-minute speech include Gonzales, American Legion spokesperson Commander Becky Ochoa and Vietnam Vets of America spokesperson and President Joe Richard Rodriguez.
The attending veterans’ names will be read aloud by Natalie Arispe.
Roll call will be given by Roy “Red” Blevins, U.S. Army and American Legion Post 274 member, followed by “Taps” and a 21-gun salute by the Bee County Veterans Honor Guard.
In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the school’s auditorium.
At Coastal Bend College, a wall of remembrance will be set up in the James R. Dougherty Building. Anyone wanting to bring pictures or sign postcards is welcome. Pictures will be laminated and given back.
From 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, the college also is holding a small luncheon in the student union building honoring faculty and student veterans.