This Monday will mark 101 years since the Armistice that ended World War I. The Armistice went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918.
The American Legion Auxiliary invites all veterans to enjoy coffee and rolls at the Bakery on Monday morning from 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Programs will be held at both ABO attendance centers to remember and thank veterans for their military service. The program in Onida gets underway at 9:00 a.m. in the main gym. The program in Blunt will be held in the school gym at 10:30 am.
The entire Blunt Elementary will have a part in their program. with a welcome by Mr. Pool, the students leading in the Pledge of Allegiance, a history of Veterans Day by Mr. Pool, poems by the 5th grade class, a musical selection by the students under the direction of Lynn Senftner, and recognition of Veterans and closing remarks by Mr. Pool.
The students at the Onida Elementary and Sully Buttes Secondary School will be presenting a salute to local veterans during their Veterans Day program. The elementary students along with the band will provide musical selections. Members of the All State Chorus will lead the crowd in the National Anthem. Mrs. Wanda Meyer’s Creative Art and Graphic Design students have been working on items to give to veterans in attendance. Kindergarten and 1st grade students are working on a poster project. The seventh grade class will showcase posters they have made honoring our veterans.
During the United States’ eighteen month involvement in that war, South Dakota sustained 353 casualties: 133 severely wounded, 72 killed in action, 53 died of disease, 29 wounded, 27 reported missing in action, 21 died from wounds, 15 were wounded slightly and 2 met death through accidents.
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
Most business places, banks, state and federal offices will be closed on Veterans Day, November 11th.