Veterans Day services set

Clarion VFW

The Clarion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2145 will hold a free dinner for veterans and their guests from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12, at the VFW located on Liberty Street in Clarion.

The dinner is broasted chicken.

For more information, contact Bobby Lawrence at (814) 229-8878.

A-C Valley

Local veterans and their families are invited to attend the annual Veterans’ Day program beginning at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School auditorium.

Before the program beginning at 9 a.m., a continental breakfast will be served to attending veterans and their guests in the high school large group instruction room.

To conclude the Veterans’ Day events, the A-C Valley High School Band will present a “Salute to Veterans” concert under the direction of Scott DiTullio, which is scheduled 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the high school auditorium. Admission is free.

The Give Club within the high school will also be holding a “coffee drive” for the Mechling-Shakely Veteran’s Center. Donations of canned coffee will be accepted at both the morning and evening program.

Clarion Area

All past and present members of the U.S. military and their families are invited to attend a free breakfast and ceremony beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 12, at Clarion Area High School auditorium.

Before the program beginning at 8 a.m., a continental breakfast will be served to attending veterans and their guests in the high school cafeteria.

The breakfast is being hosted by the National Honor Society and the honored speaker for the ceremony is Master Sergeant and Clarion University professor, Dr. David Hartley.

Immaculate Conception

The Knights of Columbus Council 7549 of Immaculate Conception parish in Clarion wishes to honor all local veterans and their families with a free breakfast at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 11 at the Immaculate Conception social hall at 729 Main Street in Clarion.

The buffet opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at approximately 10:15 a.m. The entire event will last only about one hour from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The buffet will consist of eggs, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, fruit cup, coffee and orange juice.

After the buffet, there will be a short performance by the Immaculate Conception school students from 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. There is no cost to military veterans and their families.

Please join the event on Nov. 11th as our nation’s veterans are honored, particularly this year, which is the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I.

Armistice Day was established as a commitment to peace and to allow us to pause as a nation to think about the terrible costs of war, including the loss of so many lives. In the United States, Armistice Day officially became Veteran’s Day in 1954.

If you have any questions about this event, call (814) 229-0219.

West Forest Area

The West Forest Schools will be hosting a ceremony for Forest County veterans at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the high school gymnasium which will recognize Forest County veterans for their dedication to the country.

Before the ceremony, the school will be creating a wall to honor all family members of the community who have served this nation.

If you have anyone in your own family who has served, please send prior to the ceremony the following information to West Forest Elementary and Secondary School to be displayed: name, branch of service, years’ active, foreign conflicts and a service photograph. The photographs will be returned after Veterans Day.

Following the ceremony, individual pupils will have the ability to thank the veterans personally for their sacrifice which allows everyone to enjoy freedom on a daily basis.

Immediately after the ceremony, there will be a reception in the Museum room. All veterans and their families are welcome to attend.