By Amanda McBride The Choctaw Plaindealer
Citizens will have two changes to honor and remember Veteran’s Day this week.
The first is Take a Vet to School Day and Veteran’s Day program on Thursday, November 8 at 10 a.m. at the Ty Cobb Complex in Ackerman. This event is sponsored by the JROTC program.
JRTOC and Ackerman High School welcomes any and all local veterans to attend the program. The speaker will be Command Major Sergeant Billy Houston, JROTC instructor at Starkville High School and a retired Special Forces Sergeant Major. This program will also feature special activities by the AHS JROTC cadets, the choral group and more.
Also, veterans from the Kosciusko Veteran’s Home will be attending the program.
For more information contact Major Bruce Morris (R) at 285-4101 ext. 114.
The second Veteran’s Day program will be held Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m. at the National Guard Armory in Ackerman. Cookies and cokes will be served at 10:30 a.m. This program is the annual program held at the Armory.
Attention Veterans: World War II Registry: World War II veterans deserve all the recognition they can get for their service to our country. Please help spread the word to any veteran– r family member–about a way to honor them for years to come.
The National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC opened to the public on April 29, 2004. Although it honors both the 16 million who served and came home, as well as more than 400,000 who died during the war, only those who lost their lives during the war are automatically registered for the WWII Registry of Remembrances, accessible on site at the Memorial as well as online.
Many World War II veterans are not listed on the register but this can be fixed by simply registering online. Anyone who helped win the war, either a veteran or an American on the home front, is eligible for the Registry of Remembrances. You may enter your own name, or the name of someone you wish to honor for their service during the war.
There are three ways to register: 1) On-line at www.wwiimemorial.com. By registering online, you will also have access to a print out of the Certificate. You will be given a password which will be needed to register additional veterans, should you join the campaign to get WW II veterans signed up. 2) By mail: WWII Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 186, Calverton, NY 11933-0186 3) By phone (1-800-639-4992).
Give as much information as you have about the veteran; discharge papers are useful but not essential. Include the honoree’s name, branch of service and hometown; any additional information you may have regarding entry and discharge dates, rank, area of service, and awards earned can also be included on the Certificate. Registration is free. There is a $10 fee to include a picture on the on-line certificate.