(Versailles, Ind.) – Armed forces veterans from around southeast Indiana will get what they deserve on Thursday.
A big “thank you” from communities and schools.
There are several Veterans Day events being held Thursday, but the holiday may mean more this year to younger generations in Versailles than years past.
Marine Corporal John Bishop, a 25-year-old Versailles native, died last September during combat in Afghanistan. He is now buried at Cliff Hill Cemetery.
This year’s Veterans Day program at South Ripley Junior-Senior High School will begin with a breakfast at 8:30 a.m. followed by a program in the school gym that will include a special tribute to Bishop.
Members of the Versailles American Legion Post 173 will then depart for Cliff Hill Cemetery – where Bishop is buried - at 10:30. A service will follow afterwards at the Ripley County Veterans Memorial on the courthouse square in Versailles.
Other area Veterans Day events in the area:
Lawrenceburg High School will be conducting its annual Veterans Day Program at 1:45 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Principal Bill Snyder invites all veterans and their family and friends to attend.
A Veterans Day program will be held at the Dearborn County Courthouse starting at 11:00 a.m. Several area veterans groups will be presenting wreaths at the memorial and will participate in the program to honor our veterans.
Rising Sun High School will be holding their Veterans Day program. A free breakfast for veteran's and spouses will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria, and the program starts in the gym at 8:30 a.m. It will last for 1 1/2 hours and includes musical renditions by the band and choir. All veterans will be introduced and recognized for their faithful service to our nation. All school classes K-12 will be attending this year.
Jac-Cen-Del Schools will have a Veterans Day breakfast beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the JCD Elementary School. A program will follow at the elementary, and a second program beginning at 10:00 a.m. at JCD High School. A lunch will then be served to veterans.