By Will Johnson

Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – Next Friday, on Nov. 11, the country will pause for a moment to honor those who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Friday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. It is a day set aside by the federal government to recognize those who have served – or are currently serving – in the United States Military during wartime or peacetime.

Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service. It is also a time to acknowledge the contributions made by veterans to our national security are truly appreciated and helps to underscore the fact that all who served have sacrificed and done their duty.

As a part of the Veterans Day tributes throughout the area, the students and staff of Grapeland Jr. High and High School are inviting all veterans and community members to a Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 11. Veterans are asked to join the faculty, staff and students in the school library at 10:00 a.m. for donuts and coffee.

Once the reception concludes, Grapeland ISD will pay tribute to the military members during an assembly held in the Lorena Schultz Auditorium beginning at 10:30 a.m.

When announcing the ceremony, GISD Superintendent Gregg Spivey stated, “We are very grateful for your service to our country and would like the opportunity to tell you so.”

Following the assembly, the Grapeland Senior Center in conjunction with the Grapeland Noon Lions Club and Grapeland Farm and Ranch are hosting a luncheon for veterans and community at the Senior Center. All veterans eat for free while members of the community are asked to make an $8 donation to help offset the cost.

The Color Guard from the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 991 in Palestine is expected to be in attendance for the ceremony. In addition, the Senior Center staff is planning several activities and arranging for door prizes to be given away.

Will Johnson may be reached via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com