Saturday is Veterans Day, set aside to honor those who have sacrificed in service to the country’s military.

Saturday is Veterans Day, set aside to honor those who have sacrificed in service to the country’s military.

As is always the case, the Gulf District Schools will spend a day, this year Friday, the day before Veterans Day, celebrating veterans.

Here is a rundown of local events to honor veterans.




1. Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School will host its annual Veterans Day program beginning at 9 a.m. ET Friday, Nov. 10 in the R. Marion Craig Coliseum at the school. The guest speaker will be Maj. General (Ret.) James Simmons.

The program will begin with invocation from Dr. Geoffrey Lentz from First United Methodist Church.

Mitch Bouington, the Band of Gold and guitar group and chorus will perform patriotic music and students will recite “The Gettysburg Address” and “In Flanders Field.”

The art students from Julie Hodges’ class will display their art work and Kesley Colbert will present “The Ragged Ol’ Flag.”

Student Government Association members will greet veterans and display banners for each branch of military services.

Commander Anthony Almon will recognize veterans and the NJROTC unit will acknowledge Gulf County veterans killed in action and present a drill exhibition.

A reception for veterans will be held following the program in the media center.

Simmons has commanded at every level, from platoon to brigade. He has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (OLC), Department of Defense Superior Medal, Legion of Merit (4 OLC), Bronze Star, Air Medal and 31 other awards and Campaign Medals. He is a Distinguished Alumni from Arkansas State, a member of the Army ROTC Hall of Fame, Top 100 Graduates of Arkansas State, Hall of Honor, Football and ROTC, and a member of the State of Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.




Port St. Joe Elementary School. Always a charmer, the elementary school will convene its annual event at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the school gymnasium. The event will include patriotic readings and songs and expressions of gratitude to veterans by the youngsters. All veterans are encouraged to attend.



Wewahitchka Elementary School. The third-graders at Wewahitchka Elementary get the day of celebration to veterans started right, leading the school’s annual program saluting the country’s military beginning at 8:15 a.m. CT Friday. The morning, always full of red, white and blue as well as singing and presentations, will be followed by a reception. All veterans are encouraged to attend.


Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School. The elementary school program segues into the high school’s, which will begin at 10 a.m. CT in the high school gymnasium. Plenty of songs, patriotic readings and performances by the guitar, drama, chorus, dance and band classes mark this annual event. A local veteran is to be a special speaker. There will be a fried chicken lunch for veterans and their families following the program. All veterans are encouraged to attend.



Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. American Legion Post 116, VFW Post 10069 and the VFW Post Auxiliary will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony 12 p.m. ET Saturday in the renovated Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill. Bring your lawn chair and join the Post and Post Auxiliary.