WATKINS: Hilltop Health Care Center held a program for its veteran residents and their families at 1:30 p.m. Veterans Day 2013. Terry Nelson again provided music, both before and after the formal program. Each of the residents was recognized for their military service. Members of the Watkins Legion also introduced themselves including what they did in the service. This was the 32nd year the Legion participated in this program at Hilltop. Pictured above are resident veterans and the Watkins American Legion Post 453.
KIMBALL held a program at the high school with students from grades 3-12 at 10 a.m. Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Local veterans (above) were asked to sit in front of the students for the program. The Kimball Legion Auxiliary and Junior Auxiliary presented the flag-folding ceremony, and the POW-MIA table. 2013 Girls’ Stater Erin Diffley spoke. Guest speaker Jack Young was unable to attend, but the moving video of his 2010 Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., was played. The students were quiet and respectful, which says a lot. The program ended with all singing “America, the Beautiful.”
EDEN VALLEY: EV-W High School again hosted a Veterans Day program, at 7:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym. The EV-W high school and junior high bands, and the EV-W choirs from 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, along with the Concert Choir all performed music for the program. Eden Valley Legion Post 381 and Auxiliary, Watkins Legion Post 453, Wat-Kim-Valley VFW Post 5460 and Auxiliary, and the POW-MIA Honor Guard participated in the program. Retired Chief MSgt. Don Dufner was the guest speaker. He spoke about his 30-year career in the Air Force, and the core values of the military: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, personal courage. Veterans Day, to him, celebrates all military heroes, including those currently serving.
The moon gets up to some mischief this month, but aside from that, there’s plenty to enjoy in November’s darkening sky.
Night falls behind a still-brilliant Venus blazing away low in the southwest. On Nov. 1, the planet reaches its greatest elongation from the sun. This doesn’t necessarily mean Venus is highest, just that it has put the maximum amount of sky between it and the sun for this apparition. A young crescent moon glides past – though not closely – on the 6th. By month’s end our sister planet will still be up for almost three hours after sunset.
On the other side of the sky, Jupiter is now rising before midnight and ends the month coming up in early evening, close to the Gemini twins Pollux and Castor. Jupiter is brightening as Earth gains on it in the orbital race, while Venus will soon be as bright as it ever gets, even as it prepares to lap Earth in that same race.
A Veterans Day program will be presented in honor of veterans at the Kimball Area High School from 10-11 a.m. Monday,
Nov. 11. If anyone has photos of veterans that can be included in the slide show for that day, please call Tammy Konz at (320) 398-5011, by Friday, Nov. 8.